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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