Lory Christopher “Chris” Landers
A body was found Wednesday at the L. Cole Reservoir in Henry County.
Police believe the person found was a missing Griffin man.
Henry and Spalding county authorities are currently investigating the death of Lory Christopher “Chris” Landers, said Henry Police Sgt. Joey Smith.
“Landers was reported missing to the Spalding County Sheriff’s office on Saturday, May 19,” said Smith. “On May 23, Lance’s body was located near his residence in the water of the Cole Reservoir, located on the Henry-Spalding county line. The investigation is ongoing and pending autopsy results.”
Spalding County Sheriff’s Office deputies discovered the body, Wednesday around 6 p.m., in the Upper Towaliga reservoir, which is also known as the L. Cole reservoir, according to Spalding County Sheriff Wendell Beam.
“We were in the northern part of Spalding County, investigating a missing persons report,” said Sheriff Beam. “The body has been sent to the GBI (Georgia Bureau Investigation) crime lab and we are awaiting the results for [confirmation of ] identification and cause of death.”
Landers was last seen at his residence at 200 West Teamon Circle in Griffin. Landers stands 6 feet tall, weighs 185 pounds, has green eyes and brown hair, and has a scar on his right eyebrow. He was last seen wearing a gray tank top, light blue jeans and flip flops.
Spalding County Fire Capt. Tonja Cobb was the shift captain on duty at the time of the call. “The call came in as a possible drowning,” said Cobb. Spalding County Fire Department, Spalding County Sheriff Office and Spalding County emergency medical technicians responded to the scene.
“The call originated off West Teamon Road, in Spalding County,” said Cobb. “We could not locate anybody for the first two locations, and at the third location, we searched Happy Hollow Road in Henry County. That is where Spalding County Sheriff’s Office located the body.”
Upper Towaliga, or L. Cole Reservoir, is on the Towaliga River in Henry County, and is used for recreation purposes. Construction was completed in 1987. At normal levels, it has a surface area of 1.1 square miles and is a 1,100-acre reservoir. It is owned by the Henry County Water and Sewage Authority. Upper Towaliga Reservoir’s height is 45 feet, and its capacity is 16,042.5 acre feet.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call Henry Police Detective Mellon with Henry County Police at (770) 288-8473.