Missing Athens man found near shotgun and concrete mix during recovery from North Oconee River

By Joe Johnson

An Athens man who had been missing for more than a week was found near a shotgun when his body was found Monday afternoon in the North Oconee River by divers from the Carolina Department of Natural Resources of the South, according to the law enforcement division of the Goergia DNR.

The body of Seth Evans, 27, and the shotgun have been turned over to Athens-Clarke coroner Sonny Wilson, who said he could not speculate on the man’s cause of death ahead of the results an autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Medical Examiner’s. Office are known.

Wilson also said a bag of concrete was in a backpack Evans was carrying, but he couldn’t say if it was used to weigh Evans in the water.

Wilson said members of a search team including local firefighters and DNR personnel from Georgia and South Carolina located Evans’ body in water about 15 feet deep behind the Pinecrest ruins. Charlie Williams Lodge on the banks of the North Oconee River.

Wilson said he was convinced the body was that of the missing man due to the personal contents that were in the backpack found with the body.

Athens-Clarke County police said they saw video footage of Evans buying a 60-pound bag of concrete mix before he went missing.

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