Police suspend search of wells for teen missing since 2007

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MONROE, Ga. (AP) — Authorities have suspended a search for the body of a college student who went missing almost 8 years ago.

Investigators hoped a recent tip could help lead them to the body of 18-year-old Justin Gaines. He was last seen alive outside a Gwinnett County nightclub in November 2007. He was a freshman at the Oconee campus of Gainesville State College when he vanished.

On Tuesday, Walton County Sheriff Joe Chapman said investigators received a tip that Gaines' body may be in a well near the Apalachee River.

The Athens Banner-Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1XoOprR) that the search was suspended late Thursday after the search of three wells, a small pond and forested land near the Apalachee revealed no sign of a body.

No arrests have been made in the case.


Information from: Athens Banner-Herald, http://www.onlineathens.com

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