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Van Streat's Body Identified

By First Coast News Staff

WAYCROSS, GA -- The grandmother of the woman set to marry "Van" Streat says the bride-to-be has been heartbroken for nearly a month.

Donnie Lavan Streat had plans to get married this fall. But he disappeared in mid-February while on his way to a friend's house from work.

And the only trace left had been his pickup truck found abandoned next to a pond in Waycross.

Investigators believe their search ended Thursday in Ware County when authorities pulled a body from that same pond.

Authorities believe the body is that of the son of a former state senator from Georgia.

Friday, the Medical Examiner confirmed their suspicions and identified the body as Donnie Lavan "Van" Streat, Jr.

The autopsy showed no signs of trauma to the body and investigators said it does not appear Streat had been a victim of foul play.

Now the investigation begins into how Streat died. Nothing has been ruled out.

"I just can't imagine it, why somebody would hurt him," said the grandmother of the fiancee.

Body Found In Waycross


By First Coast News Staff

WAYCROSS, GA -- Police believe they have found the body of a Nicholls man who has been missing for about three weeks.

The Georgia Bureau Of Investigation found the body Thursday morning in northeast Ware County.
They say they believe it is that of Donnie Lavan "Van" Street, Jr.

The 27-year-old has been missing since Wednesday, February 15.

The body of a white male was discovered partially submerged in water in a wooded area off of Pole Yard Road.

The area has been the focus of search efforts since the missing man's pickup was found abandoned February 17 off the same road.

A positive identification is pending an autopsy at the GBI crime lab in Savannah.


First Coast News- 03/09/06