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Still Branch Reservoir victims identified

A second body was located at Still Branch Reservoir around 1:43 p.m. Tuesday, March 10. The body was recovered using DRN side scan and sonar sector scanner and positively identified as Joseph “Brian” Reese, 34, of Concord, the father of Joseph “Flynt” Reese, 3, of Greenville whose body was found Monday evening at the reservoir. Brian Reese was a 1999 graduate of Pike County High School and loved to hunt and fish. According to reports, another fisherman saw the un-capsized empty boat with nobody in it and called 911. The bodies recovered will be sent to the crime lab for autopsy. ”This incident is currently under investigation by the DNR,” said Pike Fire Department PIO Anita Neath. Initial unofficial reports indicated two people drowned at the City of Griffin’s Still Branch Reservoir in west Pike. The body of a 3 year old male was recovered in the early evening. The search for an adult male continued throughout the night. Early Tuesday morning, a DNR helicopter searched the lake and later Tuesday afternoon a cadaver dog was brought in from Omega K-9 Rescue. The Pike dive team was on the scene and another dive team was en route at 5:30 p.m. Monday Pike coroner Terrell Moody was also on site. The official word from Pike fire department’s Anita Neath is that a call was received at 4:43 p.m. Monday and a search was already in progress by DNR officials. Pike County Fire Department and Auxiliary, sheriff’s deputies, Upson EMA, Upson SAR, Henry County Dive Team, city of Griffin Fire Department, city of Griffin Water Department officials and the American Red Cross joined in the search. The search continued through the night. More to follow …

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