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Two Drown at the Still Branch Reservoir
By Editor Becky Watts

MOLENA (Updated 3.10.15 at 10 p.m.) - Fishermen at the City of Griffin’s Still Branch Reservoir in Molena called 911 yesterday afternoon shortly before 5 p.m. when they found an empty boat that was not capsized floating on the water at the reservoir. The Department of Natural Resources (DNR) began the search immediately with Pike County Emergency Services (PCES-Pike County's volunteer fire department) and the Fire Auxilliary providing assistance along with assistance from the Pike County Sheriff’s Office and Coroner, Upson Emergency Management Agency (EMA), the City of Griffin Fire Department and City of Griffin Water Department have all been a part of the search. Henry County, Upson County Search and Rescue, Mid Georgia Ambulance, and the American Red Cross have also provided assistance.

According to Pike County Emergency Services spokesperson Anita Neath, the body of a 3 year old male was recovered yesterday and the search for an adult male continued throughout the night with the search coming to a close this afternoon. Early this morning, a DNR helicopter was brought in as well as a cadaver dog from Omega K-9 rescue to help with the search. DNR recovered the body of the adult male using DNR side scan, sonar sector scanner, and a rover at 1:43 p.m. today.

Coroner Terrell Moody advised that the family has been identified and released the names of the victims and probable cause of death this evening. Joseph Brian Reese, age 34 of Concord, and his son Joseph Flynt Reese, age 3 of Greenville, were the victims of probable drowning. Moody-Daniel Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Neath advised that the incident is currently under investigation by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources. The Pike County Coroner's Office advised that the bodies of both victims will be sent to the crime lab for autopsy.