UPDATE: Body found in Augusta Canal identified

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Sunday, May 26, 2013

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- Deputies say the body of a man found at Lake Olmstead has been identified as 19-year-old Calvin Cunningham.

Around 4:45 p.m., a deputy, who is also a relative of the teen, saw Cunningham on the 2400 block of Yorkshire Drive and knew he had been reported missing.

According to the Richmond County Sheriff's Office, the deputy attempted to make contact with the teen, but he fled.

That's when officers say Cunningham jumped into the Augusta Canal. Deputies say at some point he went under the water and never came back up.

Fire and EMS responded to the scene, and the Dive Team was notified after Cunningham did not surface for several minutes.

Deputies say the Dive Team began a search for Cunningham and eventually found his body shortly after 7 p.m.

Cunningham's mother had reported him missing last Wednesday, but deputies say he was removed from Georgia Crime Information Center after he was spotted the next day.

The coroner says Cunningham's body will be taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy Tuesday morning.

He says the cause of death is still pending.

Initial report:

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW) -- The Richmond County Coroner confirms there has been a body found at Lake Olmstead.

Details are limited at this time, but the coroner confirms the Richmond County Dive Team, the Fire Department, the Sheriff's Office and EMS are on the scene.

Dispatch says the call came in around 4:45 p.m.

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