Updated: Jan 7
The body of a female, not yet identified by law enforcement officials, was found at the Stephens County Boat Ramp and Park early this morning, Saturday, Jan. 4.
Update Tuesday, Jan. 7: This morning, Stephens County Sheriff Randy Shirley identified the body found at the Stephens County Boat Ramp and Park Saturday morning as that of Pamela Bellamy, 64, of Dahlonega. Shirley said that no foul play was suspected, but said in this morning‘s release that no official cause of death had been announced yet. Shirley, a short time ago, advised ConnectLocal.news that the cause of death had now been officially determined by the crime lab.
“The autopsy revealed the verification of what my investigators and the coroner concluded; the death was a result of a self-inflicted gunshot wound,@ Shirley said.
The Stephens County Sheriff's Office responded this morning to the discovery of a body at the Stephens County Boat Ramp and Park - more commonly known locally as "Broken Bridges."
"A body was discovered by a family walking their dog this morning. Our investigator and the coroners office are investigating," Sheriff Randy Shirley told ConnectLocal.News. "Preliminary investigations reveal that a white female from Lumpkin County traveled to Stephens County Boat Ramp and Park during the late hours of Friday night or early Saturday morning. Coroner Chris Stephens is on the way to the GBI Crime Lab where the body will be autopsied."
Identification of the individual is not being released pending family notification.
The barriers to the bridge at the Stephens County Boat Ramp and Park, seen in the photo above taken this morning, were added in January 2019, after 49-year-old Royston resident William Clint Norton's truck plunged off the end of the old 123 bridge on New Years Day, killing Norton.
ConnectLocal.News will update this story as more information becomes available from the Stephens County Sheriff's Office.