CUMMING — The body found Monday morning on the Lake Lanier shoreline at Mary Alice Park has been identified as a 46-year-old homeless man, authorities said.
According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the identification of Chad Lovett was made using fingerprints lifted during an autopsy Tuesday.
Lovett, who had reportedly been camping in woods near the park, drowned in the lake at least a week ago. He had not been reported missing, authorities said. The incident has been deemed accidental with no foul play.
Park visitors discovered the body Monday morning as they were walking along the beach.
It remains unclear how Lovett drowned.
Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, said investigators learned through a family friend that Lovett owned a kayak, which has not been found. They don’t know if he was in it leading up to his death.
Investigators determined that Lovett was originally from Kansas City, Kan., where his mother and sister still live, Rainwater said. His next of kin, including a son and daughter who live in metro Atlanta, have been notified.
Lovett had reportedly been in the area for about 15 years. “He’d been living in Cumming as a homeless person for a while,” said Rainwater, adding that authorities found his tent near Mary Alice Park.
Tests for alcohol and other results from the autopsy have not been finalized, Rainwater said. When those results are received, authorities hope to be able to establish a better time frame of his death.