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The Hall County Sheriff’s Office has learned the identity of the man found floating in Lake Lanier near Old Federal Campground on Sept. 14. and on Monday afternoon, the Sheriff’s Office released that information.

The man has been identified as Nermin Rustempasic, age 42 of Duluth. The Hall County Sheriff’s Office learned the identity of Rustempasic from personnel at the GBI Crime Lab.

Hall County Sheriff’s investigators notified Rustempasic’s next of kin on Monday afternoon, Sept. 20.

Investigators have learned that Rustempasic owned a boat and had it stored at Sunrise Cove Marina which is not far from Old Federal.

According to the preliminary investigation, there were no immediate signs of trauma to the body and no initial evidence of foul play,” Hall County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement released on Monday afternoon.

The Sheriff’s Office is now waiting on the toxicology report and autopsy results to determine the cause of death.

Hall County Sheriff’s Office originally received the call about a body found floating in Lake Lanier near Old Federal Campground at 5:15 p.m. on Sept. 14 by an individual on a personal watercraft. The caller spotted the body floating approximately 100 yards from the shore of Old Federal Campground.

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Hall County Fire Services and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also responded to the call.  It was the DNR and Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit that retrieved the body from the lake.

Investigators estimated that at the time that Rustempasic had been in the lake for approximately a week prior to being found.

The case remains under investigation by the Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with information on the case can contact Investigators at (770) 533-7187. 

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