COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – The man who officials say lost his footing and fell into the Chattahoochee River late Thursday and died has been identified.
The Muscogee County Deputy Coroner Charles Newton confirmed the victim as Hernandez Wilson, 30.
Newton confirmed Thursday night that officials recovered Wilson's body from the waters at Rotary Park before 11 p.m.
Officials state that a man was running away from police on foot when he lost his footing and fell into the water.
Wilson's body will be taken to Atlanta for an autopsy to determine an exact cause of death.
Hernandez Wilson is someone our viewers may have seen before: WTVM has interviewed him twice in the past.
Wilson was interviewed in March 2013, when he was reacting to a fatal shooting at the Foxy Lady Nightclub on Victory Drive. Wilson was a regular patron and recalled he had just left the club before the gunfire erupted.
Wilson made another appearance during our special coverage in May 2013, of a dangerous drug called "Molly." a form of Ecstasy.
Wilson told our reporter he was a recovering addict and warned others not to try the drug.
The drowning death of Hernandez Wilson last night has sparked hundreds of posts on his Facebook page.
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