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UPDATE: Body Found in Statesboro Pond

UPDATE 03/31/2016:

The preliminary reports from Smith’s autopsy have revealed that this incident was an apparent accidental drowning, and no foul play is suspected at this time.

The Statesboro Police Department is continuing the investigation.


The body of a 20 year-old man was discovered in the pond behind Southern Downs Apartments on March 27.

Statesboro Police Department officers responded to a call on March 27 in reference to a possible deceased body in a pond. Dalen John Nathaniel Smith, 20 years old, was pronounced deceased at the scene. His body has been sent to the GBI Crime Lab in Savannah for an autopsy.

SPD Investigator Kevin Wadley is investigating the case.

Anyone with information concerning this case is asked to contact the Statesboro Police Department at (912) 764-9911. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to or by texting a tip to “TIPSSPD plus your message” to 274637 (CRIMES). All information is strictly confidential.

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