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Active Search Ends for River Victim
Monday, 19 January 2009

January 19--  After searching the waters of the Oconee River for 31 days, authorities are ceasing the active search for the body of 60-year-old Jimmy Porter who fell from a jet ski and disappeared December 20th.

Montgomery County Sheriff Clarence Sanders says river patrols will keep looking, however, he reports the last divers were in the river Monday.  "We've searched this whole river and we just don't know where he's at at this point in time," the sheriff said.

Searchers and divers from various parts of the state and from as far away as Illinois have assisted in the search.  They were supported by the local Red Cross which provided meals for the search parties with help from local communities. 

"I'd like to thank everybody who has come in and helped search for Mr. Jimmy.  My heart goes out to all of them for what they have done.  They've done a fine job and I appreciate every one of them," Sheriff Sanders said.

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