NORTHEAST FORSYTH – Search efforts continued Wednesday for a 19-year-old University of Georgia student who went missing while kayaking on Lake Lanier last week.
Lam Dang Ma was last seen Wednesday, Sept. 7 and was entered into the missing person database on Friday, Sept. 9, according to Mark McKinnon, spokesman for the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division.
“His vehicle was located at Two Mile Creek Park Wednesday [Sept. 7] night,” McKinnon said.
His kayak was found Sunday by the DNR’s aviation unit near the shore “at the other end of the Two Mile Island chain.”
“It was an inflatable kayak, and it was not inflated,” McKinnon said.
The DNR continued shore sweeps the morning of Wednesday, Sept. 14, though McKinnon said he has “not heard of anything discovered.”
Sonar searches were conducted last week around where Ma’s vehicle was found at Two Mile Creek Park off Bethel Road and Browns Bride Road (Hwy. 369) and around where the kayak was located that “did not find anything.”
“The search area is so large that unless we get some more information to better pinpoint his last location, it’s kind of not feasible to get out there with sonar to search until we have a better idea,” McKinnon said.
Stan Jackson, a spokesman for the University of Georgia’s Division of Student Affairs, confirmed via email that Ma is a student.
According to a Facebook post, Phi Long Nguyen said Ma’s duffle bag and keys were in his car and that friends have been organizing search parties “looking for him on the islands but we still have not found him … The last time his family and I had contact with him was Wednesday afternoon.”
FCN regional staff writer Nick Watson contributed to this report.