By: HAYLEY FOWLER
(Gainesville, Ga) Two young Dawsonville men were found dead on Jan. 10. Mason Cox and David Wood were both reported missing on Jan. 2. The two never returned from a fishing trip at their neighbor’s dock around Fredericks Cove at Lake Lanier.
A search team provided by The Department of Natural Resources lowered cameras through holes in the ice to conduct their search. Cadaver dogs were also used, however the freezing temperatures hindered the search. The temperatures caused about an inch of ice to cover the lake area. The two were found about a quarter of a mile from the dock they were believed to be fishing at, and were submerged 15 to 20 feet in the water. The medical examiner ruled the cause of death for both Cox and Wood as drowning and the autopsy revealed no internal or external injuries.
“Once the news came that they had indeed been found, the community came together even more as a family in order to comfort each other so no one had to mourn alone,” Senior, Savannah Browder said.
The memorial service was Jan. 12 at the North Georgia Church in Dawsonville, Georgia. There was also an emotional vigil service held that night where individuals celebrated the lives of the two deceased men.