Weapon search to continue

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Members of the Augusta-Richmond County Dive team plunged into the 34-degree waters of Lake Olmstead on Friday afternoon in search of the weapon used to kill 38-year-old Corwin Lee.

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Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigators Mark Dobbins (from left), James Kelly, Sgt. Richard Roundtree and Tom Johnson watch members from the Augusta-Richmond County Dive team at Lake Olmstead.  Chris Thelen/Staff
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Richmond County Sheriff's Office Investigators Mark Dobbins (from left), James Kelly, Sgt. Richard Roundtree and Tom Johnson watch members from the Augusta-Richmond County Dive team at Lake Olmstead.

After searching near the bank of the lake for more than two hours, the search was called off to allow dive team operators to warm themselves, according to Richmond County sheriff's Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

Sheriff's authorities are basing their search on information learned during their investigation of Mr. Lee's death, Sgt. Roundtree said.

"As the investigation continued, we had credible evidence that the weapon was tossed in here once the body was discovered," Sgt. Roundtree said.

Mr. Lee's body was found near the Fifth Street bridge in North Augusta last week.

Investigators have charged Javell Leverett Gordon, 21, with murder and possession of a firearm during the commission of a crime in the case, but are still searching for 18-year-old Victor Levee Scott.

Sgt. Roundtree said police believe Mr. Lee was killed in Augusta and his body was later dumped in North Augusta.

"We feel it was a drug deal gone bad," he said.

Police have visited Mr. Scott's home in Burke County and believe he is in the Augusta area.

They are offering a cash reward for information leading to his arrest. Anyone with information is asked to contact the sheriff's office at (706) 821-1080.

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

WHAT'S NEXT:

Richmond County investigators and the Augusta-Richmond County Dive team plan to return to the lake once the weather warms next week to continue searching for the weapon, according to Sgt. Richard Roundtree.

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Augusta resident 01/05/08 - 06:11 am
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That's a funny picture. A

That's a funny picture. A cold guy in the water looking at the suits, 2 have their hands in their pockets and the other 2 look like they are drinking hot coffee.

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Augusta resident 01/05/08 - 06:11 am
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That's a funny picture. A

That's a funny picture. A cold guy in the water looking at the suits, 2 have their hands in their pockets and the other 2 look like they are drinking hot coffee.

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betterme706 01/05/08 - 11:04 am
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okay lets get this right they

okay lets get this right they searched his home in bc looking for lil vic but why search his home in bc when his ma and pops live in aug where he lives too...../richmond co u r probably a little late b/c as long as u take lil vics dad more than likely sent him to NEW YORK with the other members of there family......so some advice if u can't find him around here get a copy of his dads phone bill and get the address' to out of town.....you will then be successfull in finding "lil vic"....cause "big vic" is gonna hide his son out:)

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rebelgirl 01/05/08 - 12:05 pm
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gee you know a lot

gee you know a lot

sharpshooter
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sharpshooter 01/05/08 - 01:08 pm
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To Augusta resident: Your

To Augusta resident: Your interpretation of the picture is appreciated, and it may reflect what we can not see. The two officers on the right may be on a cell phone or radio, communicating to the dive team. The two on the left are probably giving hand signals or signing for a deaf diver. We both have an imagination, yours is probably correct. Your post is appreciated and enjoyed by many!

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sharpshooter 01/05/08 - 01:14 pm
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Giving the names of people

Giving the names of people who you can not recognize, was a slight on the people you could identify. Detectives observe diving team members, name1, name2, name3, and name4, is better.

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Walden 01/05/08 - 05:41 pm
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To Augusta resident...your

To Augusta resident...your interpretation cracked me up. Hands in the pocket was correct..coffee would have been nice. Trust me there was some jibbing between the dive team and the warm suits on the shore

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Walden 01/05/08 - 05:43 pm
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And to duh706....duh

And to duh706....duh

betterme706
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betterme706 01/06/08 - 12:43 am
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apparentally invfriend i'm

apparentally invfriend i'm much more informed then u your ignorance, if i had to guess u r just as dumb as the investigators in charge of this case:)

Augusta resident
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Augusta resident 01/06/08 - 12:56 am
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It was a joke. RCSD has a

It was a joke. RCSD has a great arrest record for 07, as far as I know, Scott is the only remaining murder suspect on the loose.

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justthefacts 01/06/08 - 08:36 am
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Thug killing thug. Let's move

Thug killing thug. Let's move on.

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