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DA: Porterdale Yellow River body case closed
Porterdale Body
PPD, Newton County coroner and DNR personnel work to retrieve the body out of the river. - photo by Staff Report

PORTERDALE, Ga. –District Attorney Layla Zon found no further investigation was needed in the death of Ryan Hacker, whose body was located in the Yellow River in Porterdale last November.

The Georgia Bureau of Investigations was called in to investigate the case because the Porterdale Police Department had a previous encounter with Hacker a few days before his body was located.

According to a PPD incident report, Officer Matt Munger attempted to arrest Hacker Nov. 3, 2017 for driving on a suspended license. Hacker reportedly resisted arrest and was tased. He "got away" and his vehicle was impounded, according to the report. A "small yellow pill" was located and believed to be a Schedule IV controlled substance. Warrants were set to be issued for his arrest on charges of driving while license suspended/revoked, obstructing justice and violation of the Georgia Controlled Substance Act. 

Hacker’s body was found in the Yellow River near the dam in Porterdale Nov. 12.

GBI Deputy Director of the Office of Public Affairs Bahan Rich told The Covington News the GBI turned its case file over to the Zon’s office for review of the death investigation of Hacker.

PDF: GBI letter

“I find that no further investigation is needed into this matter and no violations of the law occurred in Munger’s deployment of his taser or short pursuit of Hacker subsequent to the traffic stop,” Zon wrote in the letter issued to the GBI.

“I appreciate the thoroughness of the investigation conducted by Special Agent McCallum and I hope that this letter will suffice to close your investigation,” Zon wrote.

PPD Police Chief said he could not comment on the investigation because it was not conducted by his department. 

“It’s unfortunate anytime one of our citizens loses their life,” he said. “My condolences to the family.”