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UPDATE: Coroner waiting for toxicology results for Johnny Green
Coroner on scene near where man went missing Sunday
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Law enforcement including a Newton County deputy coroner and sheriff's deputies were on the scene at Lake Jackson on Thursday afternoon, Nov. 9, 2017, after the discovery of a body. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht

UPDATE (Nov. 15, 11:15 a.m.): Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis said he was waiting for toxicology results for Johnny Kenneth Green before the cause and manner of death could be released. 


UPDATE  (Nov. 9, 5:45 p.m.): Sgt. Cortney Morrison has confirmed the body has been identified as Johnny Kenneth Green, 49, who was reported missing Monday. 

Morrison said there are no obvious signs of trauma and the body is being transported to the GBI Crime Lab. 


UPDATE (Nov. 9, 5:35 p.m.): Sgt. Cortney Morrison confirmed the clothes on the body matched the description on Johnny Kenneth Green, 49, who was reported missing Monday. 

Jackson Lake
Newton County Coroner, Sheriff's Office and Fire Department personnel work on Lake Jackson to retrieve the body out of the lake. - photo by Darryl Welch

Morrison also said the coroner's office would be in charge of identifying the body and notifying next of kin, as well as determining cause and manner of death. 

When asked if there were any signs of trauma, Morrison said that would be up to the coroner's office to determine. 


COVINGTON, Ga. — A body has been found in Jackson Lake in Newton County, near where a man was reported missing earlier this week.

Lake Jackson
A portion of Jackson Lake is in southern Newton County. - photo by Jackie Gutknecht
Newton County sheriff’s Sgt. Cortney Morrison confirmed a body was found floating in the water Thursday not far from the 100 block of Waters Bridge Circle.

Newton County Coroner Tommy Davis was on the scene Thursday afternoon and was expected to identify the victim, then determine a cause of death.

The body was found about a mile from where 49-year-old Johnny Kenneth Green went missing while fishing at about 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Green and friends were fishing from a bank near a bridge on Conley Ditch Road. Officials said he went back to his truck, which was parked on the side of the road, to get a pack of cigarettes and wasn’t seen since.

The Sheriff’s Office put out a be-on-the-lookout notice Tuesday afternoon and said Green’s disappearance came under “mysterious circumstances.”

- Managing Editor Jackie Gutknecht and Staff Writer Darryl Welch reported.