Two boats, one from the Ware County Sheriff’s Department and the other from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, will be searching today for a missing fisherman who has not been heard from in well over a month, said Ware County Sheriff Randy Royal.
The DNR will also have a helicopter in the air today, Royal said, flying the entire area in search of Johnny Mack Carter, who went missing while fishing the Satilla River from a boat on Jan. 3.
John Carter’s boat was found north of the Jamestown Landing with his personal belongings inside and an alarming amount of water.
Royal said Carter spoke with a family member by cell phone around noon on the day he went fishing, Saturday, Jan. 3, but has not been heard from since.
The sheriff said there has been no clues of Carter, but officials planned to do a thorough search again today.
An intensive search was conducted daily for several weeks but has been scaled back in recent days. Georgia DNR officials said the search for Carter will continue.
Swollen river levels due to a rainy winter hampered the search for Carter, who is 57, and the river remains high enough still to perhaps conceal clues that could lead to a resolution of the mystery with regard to Carter’s fate.
The Satilla River level at Waycross measured 12.8 feet this morning, which is down slightly. The flood stage at Waycross is 16 feet.