A fisherman hooked and reeled in the body of a man while fishing in the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, on Tuesday night, according to Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan.

Around 5 p.m. Tuesday, a group of men were fishing in the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia, when they made the gruesome discovery.

“In 12 years, this is the first time a fisherman has hooked a carcass and brought it to shore,” Bryan said. “This guy probably thought he caught the biggest catfish ever.”

Authorities are asking for the public’s help in determining the man’s identity.

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Man standing in flannel shirt at Georgia River

Police are seeking to identify the body found by fishermen in the Georgia River.

“Someone has to know this guy, they have to know him,” Bryan said.

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Authorities believe the body is likely that of a homeless man who reportedly jumped into the river on February 7.

“Officers were called to this area, which is known for people drowning. This guy was having some trouble, he was probably high on meth or something by the way he was acting. He was also naked,” Bryan said.

Bryan added that Columbus police officers who were at the scene nearly two weeks ago confirmed the body was the same man.

“We were able to identify him as a Caucasian male, probably in his mid-50s. We were able to turn him around and identify him as the guy from two weeks ago because of his cross tattoo on his shoulder blade. He is approximately 3 inches tall and 3 inches wide “Bryan said.

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The sign reads National Park Service US Department of the Interior Ford Island Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Sandy Springs, Atlanta, Georgia, Island Ford entrance sign, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area.

Bryan says they rule it an accidental drowning.

“It wasn’t a suicide, it was an accidental death. He drowned and I don’t think it was on purpose either,” Bryan said.

Black dog in the river, a woman looking at the dog while standing on a rock, a man a few rocks behind her looking down into the water

Roswell, Atlanta, Georgia, Vickery Creek, Old Mill Park, Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, Couple with dog on river.

Bryan added that the body will not be sent to a crime lab, but will go to the county morgue. If you don’t identify yourself within 3 days, Bryan said by law he can bury you in a pauper’s grave, so he urges someone to come forward if they know this man.

“It’s an issue of interest to the citizens of Columbus and I feel like they need to know what’s going on in their city,” Bryan said. “13 days ago they knew that someone had jumped into the river, now they know that they took that body out. I’m sure there have been many people praying for this man and his family, although we don’t know who they are.”

Original article source: Georgia Fisherman Hooks Fish, Collects Man’s Body From River: ‘He Probably Thought He Had The Biggest Catfish Ever’

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