MCINTOSH COUNTY, Ga. (WTOC) - The search for a suspect involved in a police chase and crash in McIntosh County has ended.
McIntosh County Volunteer Fire Chief Mark Deverger confirms that a McIntosh County Fire and Rescue boat found the suspect’s body in the vicinity of Mahaw Island around 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, a few miles from where he crashed. McIntosh County Sheriff Stephen Jessup identified the suspect as 27-year-old Robert Allen Giroux.
“When the subject failed to stop, the deputy pursued him southbound with lights and sirens engaged,” the release stated. According to police reports, dispatch advised the deputy the motorcycle registration came back to a suicidal missing person.
The McIntosh County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy continued the chase southbound on I-95 due to favorable weather and light traffic. Giroux crashed his motorcycle into the guardrail on Interstate 95 just south of the Darien exit, flying into the river.
According to the sheriff’s office, Giroux lost control and went into the Darien River. Several agencies, including the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, were on scene since last Tuesday night looking for him.
Search crews say they used several tools, such as radar, to find Giroux’s body. One of the reason’s why it took a while to find Giroux’s body was due to water temperature.
“I believe we’re in the mid-60′s the lower 60′s with the water temperature so we were looking anywhere from a 7-10 day range for him to come to the surface,” said Joseph Richardson with the McIntosh County Volunteer Fire Department.