Dozier man dies in Conecuh River drowning

Published 5:43 pm Sunday, July 9, 2023

Around 2 a.m. Saturday, rescuers recovered a Dozier man’s body in Covington County.

Woodrow R. Smith, 79, was found already deceased and recovered from the Conecuh River near Gantt Lake after a marine-related event claimed his life. 

“Smith was believed to be fishing overnight and was found approximately 30 yards downstream from his vessel without a personal flotation device (PFD) on,” said Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Sergeant Jeremy Burkett in a Saturday afternoon media release. 

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Details of Smith’s death remain unknown at this time. 

Nothing further is available as ALEA Marine Patrol Division Troopers continue to investigate.

This article will be updated as new information becomes available.