Coroner identifies 32-year-man found dead in Augusta Canal

Augusta Canal near Enterprise Mill
Augusta Canal near Enterprise Mill(WRDW)
Published: Oct. 22, 2021 at 9:58 AM EDT
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AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - The body of a 32-year-old man was pulled out of the Augusta Canal on Friday morning after authorities were called to investigate a report of a person in the water.

It was the second incident like this within three weeks in the canal.

Dispatchers got a report at 8:58 a.m. Friday of a “suspicious person” in the canal. Rescue crews and other first responders were sent to the location near 15th Street and behind Enterprise Mill.

Coroner Mark Bowen said in the afternoon that the dead man had been identified by fingerprints as Korey James Adams, of Marietta. He was pronounced dead on the scene at 9:35 a.m.

An autopsy is scheduled at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation lab.

It’s not the first death lately in the canal and other tributaries of the Savannah River.

On Oct. 1, a homeless man was found floating in the canal at 12th Street at Telfair Street and pronounced dead on the scene. The man was identified as 68-year-old Kenneth Dawson.

And the day before, 72-year-old Wayne Weinberg, of Aiken, died in a presumed drowning when his kayak flipped over in Betty’s Branch, a tributary of the river that’s separate from the canal.

On Oct. 5, authorities thought they might find someone dead in the canal after someone dumped a vehicle into it at Curry and Division streets. Authorities searched the scene. They pulled the vehicle from the canal but found no body.

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