GBI identifies woman found
floating in Darien River
The Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) identified the body of the woman found floating in the Darien River on April 3 as Sammeka Barriner, age 29, from West Park in Broward County, Florida.
GBI Special Agent in Charge Stacy B. Carson in Kingsland made the announcement Tuesday afternoon, and said the woman’s identification was attained by tips made to the GBI.
SAC Carson stated, “The Georgia Bureau of Investigation is working with the Broward County Sheriff’s Office in an effort to determine the events leading up to and causing Ms. Barriner’s death. Autopsy findings are pending.”
When questioning SAC Carson if foul play was involved, she stated, “I am not ruling out anything at this time.”
Last week, the GBI had provided an artist’s sketch of the black female and a description of the woman being between 25 and 40 years of age, 5’4″, and weighing 245 pounds, in an effort to help identify the woman. When Barriner’s body was discovered by a boater near Boone’s dock at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 3, she was wearing a black dress and has a tattoo on her right forearm that reads, “Dreams are Manifestations of our Identities”.
Darien Police Department and the Georgia Department of Natural Resources turned the investigation over to GBI.