Body pulled from river ID’d as missing man
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Almost three weeks after Richard Blake Cowart was last seen, closure has come.

Authorities on Tuesday received confirmation from the Medical Examiner’s Office of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation’s Crime Lab that a body pulled from the Etowah River on Thursday was that of Cowart, according to the Bartow County Sheriff's Office.

The 28-year-old Kingston man had been reported missing April 4 after his girlfriend said he did not return to bed after 10 p.m. April 3. Officials, family and volunteers had conducted searches on the ground, along the river and from the air within a 5-mile radius from the man’s Hardin Bridge Road residence.

The body was recovered after a fisherman reported finding the deceased in the area of Jones Slough Road.

Sheriff Clark Millsap said in a release that a cause of death was not available Tuesday evening as the crime lab awaits results of tests conducted during autopsy.

BCSO Investigator Sgt. Jonathan Rogers said Tuesday afternoon that no foul play was suspected.

Bartow County Coroner Joel Guyton confirmed notification of next of kin, according to the release.

Officials said information will be released as it becomes available.