Bibb County Sheriff David Davis and the staff of NewTown Maconhave closed the Bluff Area of Amerson Water Works Park.

According to a press release from the Bibb Sheriff's Office, the are will be closed due to crowds of people hampering search and rescue efforts for 24-year-old Aaron Austin Cross of Warner Robins.

Cross was last seen Monday, April 1, as he swam across the river. Searchers have been looking for any signs of Cross, using cadaver dogs, sonar and helicopters.

"Sheriff Davis consulted with members of the New Town staff anddecided that the best course of action will be to close the bluff area until search and rescue efforts are complete," thedepartment reports.

Spokesman Sean Defoe wrote that the immediate family will be allowed in an area designated at the bluff.

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