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Searchers find body of missing angler at Lake Tobesofkee

After three days of searching, authorities found the body of a missing Byron fisherman late Tuesday afternoon at Lake Tobesofkee.

Willie Buckles, 52, was found a few hundred yards south of where his uncle, 62-year-old Frank Roquemore, was found Sunday, according to a news release from the Bibb County Sheriff’s Office.

Roquemore, of Warner Robins, was found near Claystone Park on Sunday afternoon.

The two men went fishing at the lake shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday.

Buckles’ body was in about 30 feet of water, said Rick Lavender, a spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

Searchers pulled a side-scan sonar unit behind their boat Tuesday in hopes of finding Buckles or the missing boat.

The sonar unit was stronger than a machine searchers had used previously, providing high resolution images from underneath the water, Lavender said.

Search dogs also rode along in boats Tuesday, sniffing the water around the boat, he said.

About 4 p.m. searchers received an image on the sonar unit of the men’s fiberglass bass boat and Buckles’ body.

The dogs also alerted in that area, Lavender said.

Search crews hoped to be able to raise the sunken boat Tuesday, weather permitting, he said.

“They want to take a look at it to try and see what happened,” Lavender said.

Neither man was wearing a life jacket, he said.

An autopsy is scheduled for today on Buckles’ body, Bibb County Coroner Leon Jones said.

Information from The Telegraph’s archives was used in this report.

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