Preliminary testing results indicate that foul play "does not appear to be involved" in the death of a man who was found floating in a pond in Winder on Wednesday, Oct. 2.

According to a statement issued by Georgia Bureau of Investigation director Vic Reynolds, just after noon Friday, Oct. 4, the body, a white male, was discovered in a pond near 2323 Booth Circle around 1:10 p.m. Oct. 2. The body appeared to have been in the water for several days, Reynolds said.

The body was sent to the GBI crime lab in Decatur, and identification and cause of death are pending until further testing is complete, Reynolds said.

Sheriff Jud Smith said Monday, Oct. 7, that while the GBI had not confirmed the identity, based on "identifiers," investigators believe it to the be the body of Andrew Nicholas House, 25, who was reported missing Sept. 18 by his father.

House was last seen around 1:15 p.m. Sept. 16 near the gas station at the intersection of highways 211 and 82. 

The GBI, Barrow County Sheriff's Office and Barrow County Coroner's Office are continuing the investigation.

Anyone with any information can contact the Athens GBI Office at 706-552-2309.


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