Investigation Into Drowning of EC Teen at Lake Russell Closed

May 23, 2014

The investigation into the death of an Elbert County teen has been officially closed by all agencies involved.

On Tuesday at 7:11pm, Elbert County 9-1-1 received a call about a possible drowning at Richard B. Russell Lake.

According to Elbert County Medical Services Director Chuck Almond, the call stated that a person had jumped into the water and had not resurfaced.

Pronounced dead at the scene was 17-year-old Ladarious Stephon Teasley of Bowman.

Almond said there seems to be no outside factors that contributed to the drowning.

Teasley, along with his group of friends, had been jumping off the steel structure bridge’s walkway located near the Walter P. McNeely Pavilion inside of Richard B. Russell State Park.

According to Investigator Darren Scarborough with the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office, drugs or alcohol are not believed to be involved with the incident.

Scarborough also says that the investigation into the drowning has been closed by all agencies involved, including the Elbert County Sheriff’s Office.

Funeral services for Teasley are scheduled for Sunday, May 25th at 3:00pm, and are in the care of Mack’s Funeral Home Elberton Chapel.