NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Three bodies were discovered in or near the Chattahoochee River in the past week, however all three appear unconnected, say officials.
A 57-year-old Johns Creek woman was found Saturday, May 3. Two boaters found the body floating in the river near State Bridge Road. The victim was later identified as Gee Hee Kang.
Kang was wearing street clothes. She had no identification, but did possess a key to her apartment complex mailbox, which allowed police to determine her name.
An autopsy conducted by the Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office determined she drowned.
How she ended up in the river is still unclear.
“We do not know yet how she ended up in the river,” said Johns Creek Police Spokesman Lt. Chris Byers, adding, “However there were no signs of trauma on her body whatsoever.”
Two days later, May 5, a man was found in the river near Austell, in Cobb County.
Identified as Perfecto Ochoa Alvarado, 34, his body was found floating on a log near the Fulton County/Cobb County line.
Austell police have officially declared it a homicide and are investigating.
Finally, on Sunday, May 11, the most recent victim was found along the banks of the river, on the federal park land in Roswell.
Markiesha Taylor, 20, of Decatur was found about 1:30 p.m. at the Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area’s Vickery Creek Park, near the intersection of Ga. 9 and Riverside Road.
Roswell Police Spokeswoman Lisa Holland said the body was found by a resident walking the park. It was found along Vickery Creek, which feeds into the Chattahoochee.
“We were initially called out there because somebody found the body,” said Holland.
Because this is federal land, the FBI has become involved and the investigation was turned over to them, Holland said.
The Fulton County Medical Examiner’s office said they have completed an autopsy and are awaiting a toxicology report to determine cause of death, which will take several weeks.
There was no obvious cause of death.