Body pulled from park's lake

STONE MOUNTAIN - The body of a black woman, age 20 to 35, was pulled from the lake in Stone Mountain Park about 9 a.m. Monday.

A man fishing found the woman in about three to four feet of water near the campground, according to Christine Parker, spokeswoman for park police.

"She was found fully clothed and had no ID," Parker said.

Investigators stopped just short of calling the incident a drowning.

"A preliminary investigation found no signs of foul play," Parker said. "The cause of death will be determined by the DeKalb medical examiner after an autopsy Tuesday."

The woman had been in the lake about 24 hours or less, Stone Mountain Park Police Chief Chuck Kelley said. She was wearing blue jeans with gold front buttons, a blueish/lavender shirt and a tan scarf over her hair.

No park guests had been reported missing at press time. The water in which the woman was found was clear enough to see the sand on the bottom and free of debris, Parker said.

Swimming is not allowed in the lake.

"It is so active with boats and water taxis that it is not suitable for swimming," Parker said. "Sometimes they take it upon themselves, though."

Five people have drowned in Stone Mountain Park's lake in the past 34 years, Kelley said. Most recently, a woman drowned during the 2004 Yellow Daisy Festival. The park has been open 49 years, Kelley said.

Anyone with information is asked to call park police at 770-498-5675.