Body of missing hunter Jonathan Amerson found

UPDATE:

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – A very emotional day for loved ones and friends of Jonathan Amerson. Fellow hunters and law enforcement left the staging area just after 3 o’clock in hopes of having a different outcome.

“Having volunteers on the ground is absolutely indispensable,” said Georgia DNR Sgt. Max Boswell as everyone began leaving the staging area.

Search teams packed the entryway of the Barnyard Flea market off Doug Bernard Parkway working to find Jonathan Amerson.

“Those are the people that can come out here and put eyes down and they can see things that the helicopter sometimes can’t or go and corroborate maybe what the helicopter has seen and determine whether or not it is a good target or not,” he explained.

Teaming up with a DNR helicopter, searchers on foot located the 31-year-old’s body in the northern part of Phinizy Swamp Management area, where crews had pinpointed their search. Sgt. Boswell said his department was contacted Tuesday night around 8 o’clock about a lost hunter in the swamp area. That hunter was Amerson, who family members said liked to hunt for duck, deer and turkey.  His brother told NewsChannel 6 he went hunting alone and he had lost contact with his family around 10:00 a.m.  He added that all that turned up was his truck off Bobby Jones Expressway.

Skyraider Aeronautics’ VP Business Development: Rebecca Van Loenen also spoke with NewsChannel 6.  She said her business, based in downtown Augusta, started very early Wednesday morning searching.

“We started authorization with FAA,” she said.

Van Loenen helped put drones in the air to help locate Amerson.

“We use the imagery so we fly over and either take video or we take pictures or have a live feed in front of us.”

The search moved along Bobby Jones Expressway East, slowing traffic there until Amerson’s body was found. It was not the news Amerson’s loved ones and volunteers were hoping for.

Sgt. Boswell told us the swamp is not easy to navigate and shares this advice for other hunters.

“If you can go with somebody in a rough terrain area that is a good idea. If you are going to go by yourself, make sure that you’re in constant contact with somebody through a phone or a radio device.”

Photojournalist: Antony Sherrod

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UPDATE:

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – Sgt. Max Boswell with DNR has confirmed that Jonathan Ross Amerson’s body has been found.

Amerson’s body was found by DNR helicopter and three people on foot around 1 p.m.

Details are forthcoming.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The search continues at the Barnyard Flea Market where law enforcement has created a staging area.

Jonathan Ross Amerson’s family says he went hunting alone Tuesday morning and they never heard from him again.

His truck was found on Bobby Jones Expressway.  And DNR tells us he went into those woods and has not come out.

People are on foot and drones are in the air. Volunteers have been in and out of the woods all morning and just went in off gravel pit road.

About 5 drones are in the air.  All looking for Amerson. We spoke with the 31-year-old’s family. They tell us he’s from here and hunts here all the time.  Deer, duck and turkey.

Count on NewsChannel 6 as we will be at the search all day.


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) – The search continues for a missing hunter in Augusta.

31-year-old, Jonathan Amerson was last heard from around 10 a.m. Tuesday while hunting near Phinizy Swamp off of Bobby Jones Expressway.

Only Jonathan’s Chevrolet truck has been recovered.

Richmond County deputies searched for much of Tuesday night, calling off their search around 2:20 a.m. near Sand Bar Ferry Road.

 

NewsChannel 6’s Ashli Doss spoke with the missing man’s mother, Michelle and his brother, Robby.

Anyone who wants to help in the search must first check in at the staging area which has been set up at the Barnyard Flea Market off Doug Barnard Parkway.

 

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