October 22, 2020

Body of Troup County Man Recovered in Lake Martin

Search teams return to shore after recovering the body of 44-year-old Thomas Heulan Spence of LaGrange Sunday. An exhaustive six-day search by multiple agencies led to the discovery. (MItch Sneed / The Outlook)

(The Alex City Outlook/Mitch Sneed) — The body of a Georgia man who had been missing since Monday evening when he was last seen in the waters of Lake Martin has been recovered.

After an exhaustive search by countless agencies and volunteers, the body of 44-year-old Thomas Heulan Spence of LaGrange, Georgia was recovered at 4:11 p.m. Sunday in the same general area where he was last seen.

Alexander City Police Department Chief Jay Turner said the 44-year-old man had no known health problems and was physically fit, but at about 6 p.m. Monday, the pontoon he and four others were in was parked in a part of the north end of the lake near Camp ASCCA swimming. His friends told officials that he was in the water and didn’t resurface.

Friday, dogs trained in cadaver recovery alerted to a presence not far from where the initial search began and teams restricted traffic in the area all weekend, while diving and dragging to search for the body.

Read more at The Alex City Outlook


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