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UPDATE: GBI Rules Miller Co. Sheriff's Death Accidental

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Funeral services will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM at Colquitt First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM at Colquitt First Baptist Church.

COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) -- State investigators have ruled the death of a south Georgia sheriff who was found in a pond behind his house was accidental.

Georgia Bureau of Investigation Special Agent Steven Turner tells WALB-TV former Miller County Sheriff Buddy Glass was riding a golf cart that fell into a pond behind his home in Colquitt. Glass' wife found him lying in the pond early Sunday morning.

An autopsy was performed Monday and Turner says Glass suffered from a heart condition that prevented him from being able to get out of the water.

Miller County chief deputy Shane Rathel is serving as interim sheriff until a new one is chosen through a special election.

Colquitt is about 50 miles southwest of Albany.

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Funeral services will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 at 4:00 PM at Colquitt First Baptist Church. Visitation will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 from 2 to 4 PM at Colquitt First Baptist Church.

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COLQUITT, Ga. (AP) -- The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a south Georgia sheriff.

Authorities say Miller County Sheriff H.E. Glass, known as "Buddy," was found dead at his home in Colquitt Saturday morning.

Reports say officials have not disclosed how Glass died, but said his wife found him lying in a pond behind their house after she came home from work.

Investigators say an autopsy will be performed on 68-year-old Glass to determine his official cause of death.

Colquitt is about 50 miles southwest of Albany.


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