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No foul play suspected in boater's death

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- The Baker County coroner said that a Thomasville man found in the Flint River July 26 died of a possible drowning.

"I'm just waiting on toxicology, but I don't think I will find anything there either. Nothing has indicated to me that any foul play was involved," said Baker County Coroner .

The body of 35-year-old Brian Smith of Thomasville was recovered from the Flint River on the morning of the 26th.

The recovery of the body concluded a two-day search for Smith, who was reported missing July 24 after local boaters found his abandoned boat drifting in the Flint.

Smith's body was discovered by two fisherman who spotted it floating in the waters of the Flint north of Norman's Ferry Landing in Baker County.

The 35-year-old's body was lodged between two rocks about a quarter of a mile away from where Smith's abandoned boat was discovered.

Smith was a salesman for Tidewater Equipment Co. in Thomasville, a forestry equipment dealer. Co-workers said Smith, a bachelor, was an avid boater and outdoorsman.

A service for Smith was held Saturday at Dawson Street Baptist Church in Thomasville, and he was buried at Boston City Cemetary.