Friends, family gather to remember missing veteran

Friends, family gather to remember missing veteran

Posted: Updated:
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -

Family and friends of a missing veteran gathered Friday night to remember him. Andrew Ackerman's family had hopes that he would be found safe, but his body was discovered late Thursday night in a ditch not far from a Buckhead bar where he was last seen.

A candlelight vigil was held at the apartment complex where Ackerman was trying to start a new life before his was tragically cut short.  The Army veteran was last seen hanging out with friends in Buckhead early Tuesday.  Then, he disappeared—seemingly into thin air.  

On Thursday evening, friends desperate for answers posted missing persons fliers around the area.  Around the same time, authorities discovered Ackerman's body in his car along Johnson's Ferry Road near Sandy Springs.

Ackerman was a 2001 graduate of South Forsyth High School.  From there, he went on to serve his country for more than a decade.  He did two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan.  In the Army, he had been a helicopter technician.  Friends say he was transitioning to become an auto technician while earning a living working at a Buckhead bar near where he disappeared.

  • More Local NewsMore>>

  • #IMREADY Fulton storm spotter training

    #IMREADY Fulton storm spotter training

    Thursday, April 24 2014 7:03 PM EDT2014-04-24 23:03:42 GMT
    Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency is inviting residents to become trained storm spotters.The AFCEMA will host a free “SKYWARN” training program on Wednesday.
    Atlanta-Fulton Emergency Management Agency is inviting residents to become trained storm spotters.The AFCEMA will host a free “SKYWARN” training program on Wednesday.
  • Teachers in beating video deny wrongdoing

    Teachers in beating video deny wrongdoing

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-04-24 22:06:56 GMT
    A video showing explosive interactions with special needs students is causing outrage towards an Atlanta Public School.
    A video showing explosive interactions with special needs students is causing outrage towards an Atlanta Public School.
  • Man who shoots alleged car thief facing murder charges

    Man who shoots alleged car thief facing murder charges

    Thursday, April 24 2014 4:24 PM EDT2014-04-24 20:24:40 GMT
    DeKalb County Police have charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a suspected car thief.
    DeKalb County Police have charged a man with murder after he allegedly shot and killed a suspected car thief.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices