Police: Teenager drowns while swimming in the Chattahoochee

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Family and friends are mourning the loss of a Georgia Tech Student who drowned over the weekend while swimming in the Chattahoochee River.

Cobb County police say 19-year-old James Strock was attempting to swim across the river near Akers Drive Saturday afternoon when he went under and never resurfaced.

Strock was missing for almost 24 hours before investigators found him. 

FOX 5’s Elizabeth Rawlins spoke to his sister on the phone Monday who lives in South Carolina.

“They went swimming in the river, one of his friends looked back and saw that he was struggling, said Audrey Strock Lovetro.

Investigators do not suspect foul play.

FOX 5 News spoke to swimmers who say the water can be dangerous.

“Sometimes the water gets a little fast,” said swimmer Michael Rosen.

“There is a bit of a rapid underneath,” said swimmer Jhefferson Barros.

Strock’s sister says James was only a part of their family for 3 years after adopting him from Uganda at age 16.

“He was so smart and he worked so hard,” said Lovetro. “I’m going to miss his hugs.”

According to Georgia Tech officials, he was very active on campus. He attended a campus ministry and spent a lot of time at the rec center.

The University issued this statement:

“Georgia Tech is deeply saddened to report the death of undergraduate student James Strock, who went missing while swimming in northwest metro Atlanta on Saturday afternoon. We are in touch with his family and continue to provide support to them.

“Grief counseling is available on campus for students, faculty and staff during this difficult time.”