Missing Georgia Teen Presumed Drowned Off Florida Coast

By: Eames Yates Email
By: Eames Yates Email

By Eames Yates
June 5, 2013

Nashville, GA - Willie Frank Halback was with Caster Gray when he disappeared under the water. He said "I just seen his ten fingers, his hands, he had them straight up in the air. And he just went down in that swift water, it was swift. He never came back up."

He says he saw seventeen year old Gray of Nashville disappear on May 30th. Gray was fishing off the banks of Fort Clinch in Fernandina Beach, when he lost his fishing rod and tried to recover it. Police say it proved to be fatal.

Mark Foxworth is the Deputy Chief at the Fernandina Beach Police Department. He said "we called this a recovery mission from early on. He was seen not only by the people he was fishing with but some other people go under and never resurface. This is an area with very strong currents."

The week long search that included the help of helicopters and multiple agencies. It ended Wednesday with no sign of Gray.

Gray's mother Tosha Gackery said "I feel sad about it" and that she wont find peace until his body is discovered.

Funeral arraignments have been set for Saturday June 15th at Berrien High School at 3pm. It's open to the public.

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