Autopsy: Drowing cause of local woman’s death
by TCT Staff
April 24, 2014 04:00 AM | 2932 views | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
An autopsy has officially ruled drowning as the cause of death for a 70-year-old found in Lake Arrowhead Monday afternoon when some fishermen reported a body floating in the northeast Cherokee lake.

“Although the case remains under investigation, there is no foul play suspected. The autopsy shows that she died from drowning. That simply rules out any other potential cause of death,” said Lt. Jay Baker of the Cherokee Sheriff’s Office.

The autopsy was conducted by the medical examiner at the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab, he said.

The woman was identified Tuesday by police as Cindy Naterman, of Douglasville.

Authorities said they believe Naterman lived in Douglasville and had a second home in the Lake Arrowhead community in Waleska.

Naterman lived with her husband, George Naterman, who was not with her at the lake, Baker said.

The Natermans’ house in Lake Arrowhead, on Chickasaw Drive, was purchased in 2007 and is not a lakefront property, Cherokee County deed records show.

Cherokee County Sheriff’s deputies responded to Lake Arrowhead on Monday after two men fishing on the lake reported they saw a body floating in the water at about 7:30 p.m., Baker said.

The Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services dive team removed the body from the lake, Baker said.

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