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Body found at Jackson Lake

COVINGTON - Authorities recovered the body of a middle-aged white woman on the shore of Jackson Lake in southern Newton County on Tuesday morning.

According to Lt. Bill Watterson, spokesman for the Newton County Sheriff's Office, the 58-year-old woman was found lying on the ground with her feet in the water just after 9 a.m. by a property caretaker of Walker Harris Marina at the dead end of Lang Road.

Watterson said the woman's cause of death was undetermined, but indicated she had no apparent injuries.

The victim's body has been sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation's crime lab in DeKalb County for an autopsy.

"We do hope to have the preliminary findings at the end of the week. Of course, toxicology (testing) will take several weeks," Watterson said.

Authorities are withholding the name of the victim, pending notification of her family. Watterson did say, however, that she lived in the area.

Both the Newton County Fire Service and Newton County Coroner's Office assisted in the recovery of the woman's body.

Joel Griffin can be reached at joel.griffin@newtoncitizen.com