The search began in the dark Tuesday morning, May 25, 2021, near the Forsyth-Gwinnett county line. According to Southin’s family and friends, David Southin had been fishing in the Suwanee area the day before and lost touch with his wife.
Rescuers from the DNR, the National Park Service and both Forsyth and Gwinnett counties joined in the effort to locate him. Initially, Gwinnett rescuers tried to use infrared technology to find the kayaker but were not successful, according to fire department spokesman Lt. Donald Strother.
About two hours into the search, divers were forced to pause the mission. Fog and darkness had hindered their ability to move any further, Strother said. They resumed at 8:30 a.m.
41 years old
Sexual Orientation: HETEROSEXUAL
Classification: KAYAKER / JET SKIER / BOATER
Foul Play Suspected: Unknown / Undisclosed
Suspected Suicide: Unknown / Undisclosed
Cause of Death: Undetermined / Unreleased
Reported missing on May 24, 2021 - 247 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes ago
Found on May 25, 2021 - 246 days, 6 hours, 51 minutes ago
This case file was posted on
May 27, 2021 at 12:00
This case file was last modified on
Jun 06, 2021 at 15:26
This case file has been assigned the Missing Persons ID 4501
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