After a nine-day search, Bibb County coroner says crews have recovered the body of 24-year-old Aaron Cross who apparently drowned last Monday.

Bibb County coroner Leon Jones says Bibb sheriff David Davis requested an autopsy to be completed Wednesday morning on Cross to determine cause of death, but Jones suspects drowning is the cause.Toxicology results will take weeks to come back.

"DNR found him, along with some dog handlers approximately 500 yards from where he reportedly drowned," says Lt. Sean DeFoe, the spokesman for the Bibb County Sheriff's department.

Cross was last seen April 1 as he swam across the river.He went under in 60-degree water while swimming back to the bank.

It took four rangers, two cadaver dogs, and the combined efforts of the Macon-Bibb Fire department and sheriff's office to locate Cross.

"The body was partially submerged in some brush about 10 foot off the bank of the river," Capt. Bob Lynn of the Department of Natural Resources.

The cadaver dogs alerted an area where Cross might be. Searchers continued to comb the river until his body was found and pulled from water at the canoe launch.

Cross wanted to swim in the river one last time before he moved to California with his mom.

Since the search concluded, the park will resume normal working hours.

Check back with 13WMAZ for updates as more information becomes available.

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