Cherokee Man, 27, Found Dead

Joey Holloway left his campsite Friday to go fishing. His body was found Saturday in a creek near the campsite.

Early Saturday, Natasha Cato started posting pictures of her missing cousin on Facebook and local news sites.

Joey Holloway, 27, of Waleska, had not been seen since Friday, the day he left his campsite near Dahlonega to go fishing.

"Search efforts by police, k9's, helicopters and crews have not been successful," she wrote on her Facebook page at 8:19 a.m. Saturday. "Hopefully, the daylight will help all efforts."

Later that afternoon, she posted another update: "Joey's body was found in the creek near the campsite. Many prayers needed for our family."

An official with the Lumpkin County Sheriff's Office referred all questions to the agency's public information officer, who wasn't expected in the office until Monday. And an email to Cato was not returned.

In the months before that now ill-fated fishing excursion at Camp Merrill, Holloway's life took a downward spiral.

On April 20, Holloway was the . He drove off Highway 108 near James White Trail in Waleska and slammed into a tree.

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His 2-year-old daughter was taken to  with a skull fracture, then flown to 's Intensive Care Unit. She was released after just five days in the hospital. Two stepdaughters, a 4- and a 7-year-old, . The Cherokee County Sheriff's Office has yet to release the cause of the accident.

And in mid-May, Holloway was .

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A suspect in two of the eight crimes, he was charged with two counts of burglary, Lt. Jay Baker, spokesman for the , said at the time.

He and his wife, 26-year-old Sylvia Holloway, had just been released from the  after they were arrested and charged with theft by receiving stolen property, Baker said. 

The pair allegedly sold stolen jewelry from Cherokee County to a precious metal dealer in Cartersville, he said.

Jewelry was one of the primary targets in the Clayton community burglaries. Electronics and three guns were also taken. Burglars gained access to the homes by kicking in the doors, Baker said.

The nearly two dozen mourners who offered messages of condolence on Cato's Facebook page didn't dwell on Holloway's troubles. Instead, they offered up prayers and remembered a guy with an infectious smile.

"Thanks everyone for all the love, prayers and support for our family," Cato wrote. "It means more to the family than you'll ever know."

Arrangements have not yet been released.

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cms June 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
Just know ur family is in all of our hearts , he sure had a good heart and loved to talk about them kids and wife. I wouldn't know the pain of losing a brother , u r in our prayers
sylvia holloway June 19, 2012 at 12:57 AM
i know who you guys are.... thanks for your support and kind wrds... as bad as the wrds are of the people who didnt know joey, the ones of us who did over shaddow the bad by far.... you can tell who really knew him and who knows the truth...
S June 20, 2012 at 07:36 PM
I was reading some of the comments and Joey at least gave people something to talk about.Joey done this a lot in his life wether it was home,out with friends,baseball fields,and football fields. Of course it was all good! Joey took the proper steps to prove his innocence,but as you all know his life was cut short.My son is not here to defend himself so all the people judging him should stop. Until you have walked in someone else's shoes you don't know there story as we don't know yours.My guess would be if you did know him you would be sorry for what you said! Joey has been places all over the country and done more fun things that a lot of people will ever get to do in there life's. Joey also had more Heart and Talent than most will ever have! Yes and as Joeys mom I know this as a fact! Joeys judge is God,Joey left here that Friday morning he's at peace now. Enough said now for this little online Newspaper called Sixes Patch Canton!!!
Janet Y July 12, 2012 at 06:22 AM
Were you with Joey when he was stealing? Is that why you can be so certain he was a thieft? A very loved young man has lost his life and a family grieves.Prayers and love should be sent.Michael we are dailey losing our rights,but we all should hope to be innocent till proven guilty,life has many twists and turns who knows you might find yourself in need of innocent till proven guilty before you die.I did not know Joey,and I do not know his family but sounds like I would have liked to have met him and his family,but you Michael I hope I never have the pleasure for you see there is a time and place for everything under heaven.The mean remarks and awful articles I have read were not the time or place. To his sister and mom stay strong he was so lucky to have you for his family. sincerely with love and prayers
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