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Man found dead in Lake Tobesofkee

The body of a Warner Robins man was found floating in Lake Tobesofkee on Sunday afternoon, and authorities planned to continue looking for his missing fishing partner this morning. Frank Roquemore, 62, was pronounced dead at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

His body was spotted floating near Claystone Park about 1:15 p.m.

Jones said he was “pretty sure” Roquemore had drowned and that an autopsy probably would be performed this morning.

Roquemore apparently went fishing in a bass boat shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday with his nephew, 52-year-old Willie Buckles of Byron.

Jones said Buckles’ wife told him she had not heard from her husband since that time. The Lake Tobesofkee Recreation Area, the Bibb Sheriff’s Office, the Macon-Bibb County Fire Department and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources contributed to the search effort Sunday afternoon.

Jones said there were six search boats in the water and a DNR helicopter in the air. Searchers found a seat and a butane heater that apparently had been in the boat with Roquemore and Buckles but not the boat.

Authorities suspended the search at dusk Sunday. Jones said they planned to continue the search for Buckles at 8 a.m. today.

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