Chattahoochee River drowning death under investigation

Chattahoochee at Highway 78 bridge in article about Duke Energy settlement over the removal of coal ash in North CarolinaChattahoochee at Highway 78 bridge looking southward toward the nearby mouth of Nickajack Creek (photo by Larry Felton Johnson)

According to a public information release from Officer Sydney Melton of the Cobb County Police Department, the Crimes Against Persons Unit is investigating a Chattahoochee River drowning death that occurred on Saturday, September 21, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. near Akers Drive.

“Precinct Three officers were dispatched to the above location in reference to a person drowning,” the news release said. “Witnesses stated an adult male attempted to swim across the Chattahoochee River. The male was unable to make it across the river, went under the water, and did not surface again.”

The victim was identified as James Strock, 19. His next of kin has been notified.

The Cobb County Police Department Underwater Search and Recovery Team (USRT) recovered Strock’s body Sunday morning at 12:49 p.m.


Crimes Against Persons Unit

The Crimes Against Persons Division of the Cobb County Police Department is broken down into several specialized units, to investigate homicides, robberies, technology-based crime, domestic violence and stalking, and crimes against children. It has a unit that does crimeanalysis to identify evidence to help link cases and identify suspects.

The division also houses the Crime Scene Unit that according to the division’s website“is responsible for documenting and processing crime scenes to locate evidence, identify suspects, and to present evidence in criminal proceedings. Crime scene technicians are responsible for processing evidence utilizing a variety of procedures for fingerprint, DNA, and trace evidence.”


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