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Allatoona drowning victim identified

Cherokee Sheriff Press Release

The female found deceased this morning in Lake Allatoona near the Kellogg Creek Day use area has been identified.  Sheila Ann Carlotta,  33 years old of Marietta was identified by family members and acquaintances who stated she was swimming in the area yesterday. Detectives continue to piece together the events leading up to her death but currently no foul play is suspected. No additional information is available for release at this time.


Original story

Cherokee Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to the Kellogg Creek Day Use area on Kellogg Creek Road near the bridge at approximately 11:38 am this morning after a boater reported seeing a body floating in Lake Allatoona. The body was that of an unidentified white adult female with red hair. The victim had multiple tattoos on her body. It is estimated she had been in the water less than 24 hours. She was located near the beach area in approximately 3 feet of water and approximately 20 feet from shore. There are currently no missing person’s reports that would match the victim’s description.

            The body has been taken to the GBI Crime Lab in Atlanta for an autopsy which will likely take place Tuesday. 


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Press release from 

Office of the Governor


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