The search for a Brantley County man missing since Friday evening ended Sunday morning after his body was recovered from the Satilla River downstream from the Georgia Highway 121 Boat Ramp at the Pierce-Brantley County line.
Sheriff Ramsey Bennett confirmed the body of David Walter Voss, 24, of Brantley County, was recovered at about 10:25 a.m. Sunday.
Voss is remembered this week for his “contagious smile”, for being “full of life” and as someone with “lots of personality.” He enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.
A graveside service for Voss will be held at 10 a.m. tomorrow (Thursday, July 29) at the High Bluff Cemetery in Brantley County. For a full obituary, please see page 3.
Boaters recovered Voss from an area downstream from the bend in the river below the boat ramp.
The discovery brought an end to a search that began when a 911 call was received at 6:25 p.m. Friday evening reporting someone possibly in distress in the river.
Voss was last seen swimming in the river Friday near the boat ramp.
“Witnesses interacted with Mr. Voss on the Pierce County side of the river at the boat ramp. He had set up a tent on the Brantley County side of the river,” said the sheriff.
The sheriff said witnesses reported they saw Voss swimming to the center of the channel and then floating on his back in the water.
“The witnesses said Mr. Voss did not appear to be in distress when they last saw him, but they also did not see him exit the river and so, they called for help.”
Voss was last seen in the river a few hundred feet downriver of the boat ramp.
Pierce and Brantley County law enforcement, EMS and fire and rescue personnel, along with rangers from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) had been searching for Voss since Friday.
Bennett thanked all Pierce County and Brantley County rescue personnel for their work.
“I thank everyone for all of their hard work. We all worked well together,” he said.
Rescue crews searched along the banks and boats equipped with side-scan and down-looking sonar.
The Satilla is at full pool and the current is swift, though the river is not quite at flood stage. The river is high due to recent heavy rains from afternoon thunderstorms and Tropical Storm Elsa about a week ago.