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Posted: August 18, 2010 12:00 a.m.

What lies in the unexplored depths of Lake Varner?

By Brittany Thomas /

Members of the Covington/Newton County Dive Team retrieving a gun found in the lake that may be tied to an old Newton County homicide. The gun, along with a portion of lake water, is enclosed in the plastic tube and will be taken to the crime lab.

Litter from the lake: Authorities from the Covington/Newton County Dive Team cleared debris from Lake Varner Tuesday after noticing a large amount of trash in the lake during a search earlier this month.

According to Newton County Public Information Officer Lt. Tyrone Oliver, the Dive Team was asked by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to search for bullets in the lake after a gun allegedly used in a July robbery in Cornelia was found in the lake.

While searching for the bullets, they noticed car parts, a large amount of debris and a Pepsi machine, all tossed into the water. While removing those items, they also located a gun that is believed to have been used in a homicide in the county years ago.

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