Waycross > Missing Man’s Body found in Satilla River after 68 Days

| March 13, 2015


WAYCROSS — A Florida man missing since January 3rd has been found, according to the Ware County Sheriff’s Office.

Johnny Mack Carter, 58 of Jennings, FL, had been missing since he set out January 3rd on the Satilla River at Jamestown Landing with his sights set on meeting relatives in Blackshear.  He never made it.

A boater spotted his body around 3:00 Wednesday afternoon about a mile upriver from the Jametown Landing, north of Waycross.  Department of Natural Resources rangers dispatched boats to inspect and determined that the body was that of Carter.  His body was recovered by Jeff Davis County Divers and Carter was officially pronounced dead.  His body will undergo an autopsy.

After Carter had failed to arrive in Blackshear back in January, his family notified the Sheriff’s Office that night, which began an immediate search, according to a report in the Florida Times Union.  The Department of Natural Resources located his boat the next day caught in trees about a 1 1/2 upstream, according to the Ware County Sheriff in the report.

DNR officials searched for over 68 days with divers even donating time in the search.  Much of the search was conducted during in-climate weather and on cold days.  Rains also made the search more difficult as the river was many times above flood stage.

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  1. Christina Carter says:

    So glad my Father-in-Law was finally found. Now we can say our goodbyes and begin the healing process. Thank you to everyone who searched and prayed for our family. God Bless!