Authorities say about 50 emergency workers searched in and around Lake Allatoona through the night Friday for a 6-year-old boy who went missing while camping with family, only to find him dead in the water early Saturday morning.
The body of Corday Dimilo Duffy, of College Park, was found in four to five feet of water, 25 to 30 feet from the shore at Sweetwater Campground outside Canton, said Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.
A Georgia Department of Natural Resources worker searching the water in a boat spotted Duffy’s body next to a large fallen log leading from the land into the water. “It appears he may have walked out on the log and then fell in water, just over his head,” Baker said Saturday. The spokesman said authorities can only speculate because no one appears to have seen or heard anything, and “no one saw him in the water,” before the body was found. Duffy was at the campground with his grandmother, an aunt, siblings and cousins. He was last seen at their tent, which was close to the water, at about 7:15 p.m. Friday. Cherokee deputies got the call at about 8:15, and the search began immediately on land and water, Baker said.
By 2 a.m., the Sheriff’s Office, DNR, the Army Corps of Engineers, Georgia State Patrol and Cherokee Fire and Emergency Services and the fire department’s search and rescue team, as well as its dive team, were on the scene.
When the DNR worker finally spotted the boy, Baker said it was 3:30 a.m., and the spot wasn’t far from his campsite.
A large bush stood between the log and the boy’s family, which may have blocked their view of what happened, Baker said.
Baker said the investigation is ongoing, but he doesn’t foresee any charges for any of Duffy’s family. An autopsy at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation was done Saturday morning, though the results aren’t expected until next week. GBI autopsies are commonly done when children die, the spokesman said.
Baker said there is no indication “whatsoever of foul play.”