Two Teens Die in Weekend Drownings

Two North Georgia teenagers died over the weekend in separate drowning accidents.

Stephen Daniel Bowman, 18, of Cornelia, drowned in Lake Hartwell on June 13 near the Camp Rotary Boy Scout Camp off of Rotary Boyscout Drive in Reed Creek.

Bowman was a Boy Scout and was scheduled to graduate from Tallulah Falls School this Friday.

“The entire Tallulah Falls School family is devastated to learn of the death of Stephen Bowman, a member of the Class of 2020,” said President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy. “Our hearts and prayers go out to Stephen’s parents, Matt and Cherie Bowman, his sister Sarah Black, his family and his classmates. Stephen was an outstanding young man – his legacy of friendship and love of life will be remembered by all who knew him. Please continue to keep Stephen’s family and friends in your thoughts and prayers.”

Bowman was swimming with other scout members when he went missing. Law enforcement was called in to investigate and rescue divers found Bowman’s body near a dock at the camp.

Funeral services for Bowman will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 18, at First Baptist Church of Cornelia. A private interment will follow at Hillside Gardens Cemetery in Clarkesville.

The family will receive friends from 5 - 8 p.m. Wednesday at Hillside Memorial Chapel in Clarkesville. Those attending are asked to observe CDC guidelines for social distancing.

Second teen dies in Lanier drowning

Less than twenty-four hours after Bowman's body was discovered, a nineteen-year-old from Gainesville drowned in Lake Lanier.

Witnesses say Jesus Victoria Reynosa, of Gainesville, went missing at approximately 2 p.m. on Sunday when he went underwater near Longwood Park and never resurfaced. Shortly after, Game Wardens from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources responded to the area.

Reynosa had been swimming with a group off of a cove near the park area. An attempt to rescue Reynosa by a member of the group was unsuccessful.

Officers with the Gainesville Police Department, Hall County Fire, Department of Natural Resources, the Army Corps of Engineers, and a crew of 20 divers searched for Reynosa for hours. Using side scan sonar, officials recovered the teenager's body around 6 p.m.