Deceased man found in lake behind Southern Downs

Chris Carter and Brea Dupye and

Update April 1, 2016: According to the Statesboro Herald, the body of Dalen John Nathaniel Smith, age 20, that was found Sunday, in the lake behind Southern Downs apartments has been ruled as an accidental drowning.

The final autopsy results are still pending and the toxicology testing could take months, said the Bulloch County Deputy Coroner, Chuck Francis, on Wednesday.

Smith’s body was retrieved from the water after someone called the police, he was pronounced dead at the scene. Statesboro Police Major Rob Bryan, interim police chef, stated that there is no suspicion of foul play linked to his death.

This past Sunday around 7 a.m. a dead body was found in the lake behind Southern Downs apartments. Officials are as of now not sure whether foul play was involved in the mans death.

His name was Dalen John Nathaniel Smith, he was 20 years old and it is unclear whether he was a student at Georgia Southern University or not.

The police were called to the scene when someone noticed Smith’s body in the water behind Southern Downs apartments.

Upon arrival Smith’s body was recovered and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Joiner-Anderson Funeral home sent an obituary to the Statesboro Herald on Tuesday saying Smith’s death was an accident but officials are saying it has not been concluded whether foul play was involved in the death.

The police have to wait on an autopsy before they make a call on whether it was an accident or otherwise.

Smith’s body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab for the autopsy.