Missing 22-Year-Old Found in Lake Chatuge

John Brandon Eller

Towns County, GA – John Brandon Eller, 22, of Hayesville, North Carolina, was reported last seen in the parking lot of Hawg Wild BBQ, Eller’s place of employment, at 5:50 p.m. on Monday, August 14.


*Towns County Sheriff’s Office confirmed the 22-year-old was discovered a short distance offshore in Lake Chatuge at approximately 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon.

John Eller’s cause of death is undetermined, although foul play is not suspected at this time.*

Kimberly Judkins, an employee of Citgo, located on the corner of Highway 76 and 515, tells Fetch Your News she remembers seeing Eller at the gas station where she works on the day he disappeared. Judkins claims Eller shopped at the store frequently and recalled his demeanor seemed different the last time she saw him.

“He kept looking down, like he was sad,” Kimberly Judkins says. “I asked him what was wrong and he said he was tired.”

Judkins recalls Eller buying a Monster energy drink, his usual purchase. She is uncertain of the exact hour, but says her shift ran from 2 p.m. until midnight on the day in question.

Kimberly Judkins described John Eller as a polite customer who often laughed along as friends joked at the convenience store where she works.

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