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Body found in Pearl River in Lawrence Co.

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Lawrence County officials are investigating a body found in the Pearl River around 1:15 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.

According to Coroner Sandra Lambert, the body of 80-year-old George Edmond Schultz Jr. was recovered from the river area south of Highway 184, outside Monticello, near a campsite.

Schultz was found submerged in the water, and the life jacket he was wearing was holding his body up.

He apparently left to go fishing around 8:00 a.m. Tuesday. He packed his fishing boat with an ice chest and fishing gear and launched from Atwood Water Park.

Sheriff Lessie Butler deployed a rescue unit and they worked with Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to locate his body.

Sheriff Butler said he believes Schultz is a retired Georgia Pacific Paper Company worker.

An autopsy has been requested by the sheriff and this is an ongoing investigation.

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