Body Of Missing Fisherman Scott Northrup, 66, Recovered At Center Hill Lake

Thursday, January 11, 2018

TWRA officers recovered the body of Scott Northrup, 66, from Putnam County, on Center Hill Lake around 11:30 a.m. on Thursday.


The body was recovered using a remote operated vehicle in about 33 feet of water in the Florida Branch section of the lake.

This location was less than 150 yards away from where Mr. Northrup’s boat was recovered. Northrup’s body was taken to the DeKalb County Coroner’s office. Mr. Northrup was not wearing a personal floatation device. Search crews included TWRA officers, the Dekalb County sheriff’s office and Dekalb County search and rescue.


Mr. Northrup was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday. He did not return home from a fishing trip when expected. His truck and trailer were found at the Hurricane boat ramp and his boat was later recovered from the water around 7:30 p.m.


TWRA crews and the Dekalb County Sheriff’s office searched late into the night. The search resumed early Thursday morning. The incident remains under investigation.

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