Lydia Roberts said signs, which explicitly warn both that the creek is for fishermen only and to keep off the adjacent dam, aren’t enough.
"The people that come here allow their children to get up on the dam when there’s signs everywhere. I’ve watched somebody ride their bike across the dam," said Roberts.
It was near the dam that the Franklin County Sheriff said Buford "BJ" Barron III slipped and fell into the creek.
It was the last time he was seen alive.
"It’s a terrible loss. It shouldn’t have had to happen," said Roberts.
The body was found Tuesday–Roberts said it should be a wake-up call, "The water right now is still up–so it’s not even gone down. There’s been people here today that have tried to get in."
ABC 36 asked county officials about the safety of having a public access point next to the dam. The county attorney–who didn’t want to go on camera–said, while not speaking to this specific case, it’s not a matter of where people can step, but being safe about it.
Roberts, however, believes taking away the public access could prevent more cases like Barron’s.
Funeral arrangements are pending.