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19-year-old drowns after party on Lake Lanier

August 07, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. — Nineteen-year-old Forsyth County resident Cody Daniel Gibbs's body was recovered from Lake Lanier on Thursday, Aug. 7, about two days after a party the teen attended was broken up by the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Gibbs was one of five teens of about 35 in attendance. He was listed as missing from the party at 2 Mile Creek Park.

"We received a noise disturbance call at 12:11 a.m. Tuesday morning," said Deputy Doug Rainwater of the Forsyth County Sheriff's Office.

Rainwater said the park closed at 10 p.m., but was not gated.

"When our deputy responded, several attendees scattered, with many going into the lake," Rainwater said.

"We did find alcohol and marijuana at the scene and believe narcotics were also present," Rainwater said. "This was definitely an illegal party, which is obviously why the attendees scattered."

Two of the missing five 18-22 year olds were discovered safe and the sheriff's office was notified of two more found safe after local news stations reported on the missing.

That left only Gibbs missing and the sheriff's office along with the Forsyth County Fire Department and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources continued their search.

"We were in contact with the victim's family and made it clear that we just wanted to make sure he was safe since it was reported that he went toward the water when leaving the party," Rainwater said.

Forsyth County Fire Department Chief Jason Shivers said a search started early Tuesday morning, but was postponed until shortly after dawn.

"We worked with sonar operations using vessels, hoping to find a hit to be able to send our divers in," he said.

The body was discovered early Thursday morning about 50 feet from the park by the lead detective on the case.

Gibbs is one of seven deaths at the lake this year.

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