Body found in Covington County lake Thursday morning

Body found in Covington County lake Thursday morning

COVINGTON COUNTY, AL (WSFA) - Two fishermen found a body in Gantt Lake Thursday morning. It was found about 100 yards from the shoreline between Tobacco and Bridge Creek roads around 8 a.m.

The lake is north of Andalusia in Covington County.

Steven Morrow says it is something he never wants to see again.

"There've been several people drown on this lake and I've been on the water all my life fishing and hunting up here. It's just a sad situation," said Morrow.

Local and state authorities retrieved the body and took it to forensics for identification. There is no word whether the body is that of 31-year-old Brandon Hancock who has been missing since early Monday morning, after friends dropped Hancock off to go fishing at Cypress Landing on the north end of Gantt Lake. His kayak was found later.

"The body was retrieved out of the lake at 9:45 this morning and sent to Department of Forensics at 10:17 for positive identification," said State Trooper Kevin Cook. "They're on it, working on it right now, could be a couple of days or longer than that. It's still way early in the investigation to determine whether foul play was involved but right now it doesn't look like foul play was suspected."

Cook says the body did not have a life jacket on.

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