Search for missing Warner Robins man on Ocmulgee River suspended until Friday

lfabian@macon.comApril 4, 2013 

Rain prevented search crews from getting on the Ocmulgee River to look for a missing Warner Robins man Thursday.

Searchers went back out on the bluff near the Amerson River Park on Thursday morning, but deemed the water too dangerous to get in.

“These kind of conditions can make it unsafe for them -- logs coming down the river and the current,” said Lt. Sean DeFoe, spokesman for the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

The Department of Natural Resources, Macon-Bibb County firefighters and Bibb deputies have been looking since Monday for 24-year-old Aaron Cross, who went under while swimming in 60 degree water that afternoon.

DeFoe commended DNR officers, who kept searching even after the rain started late Wednesday afternoon.

“I’ve never seen a more dedicated, determined group of people,” he said. “It makes you feel good to see your fellow law enforcement officers giving it their all.”

After nearly an inch of rain fell through midday Thursday, the river was expected to rise to about 12.3 feet by early Saturday, according to the Advanced Hydrologic Prediction Service of the National Weather Service.

The forecast could change depending on how much additional rain falls.

Searchers will assess conditions Friday before determining whether they can resume the search.

To contact writer Liz Fabian, call 744-4303.

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