DECATUR — The FBI and Decatur Police Department could continue searching Lake Decatur near Ivy Hill Park for evidence in a local case throughout this week, police said.

“(The Decatur Police Department) will be working with the FBI in a joint operation attempting to recover potential evidence from Lake Decatur,” the department said in a news release Monday morning, adding that no other information would be released. 

Police said the park, which is off Lost Bridge Road at East Fitzgerald Road on the city's southeast side, will be closed during the search and requested the public's patience.

At the shoreline of Ivy Hill Park, two divers were searching the lake. Scattered across the grounds were 15 vehicles parked behind a line of barricades, most of them unmarked with a few Decatur Police Department vehicles.

Across the water from the law enforcement officers, Nancy Cooprider and her husband Dave were enjoying the pelicans floating on the water and discussing the dark shapes in the water over breakfast. Nancy said it looked like people, but her husband said it looked like people fishing or pelicans floating.

“I thought it was human beings in the lake, and I said, ‘Those are bigger than the pelicans,’” Nancy Cooprider said.

The Coopriders have lived in the home for 30 years, the second longest on the block after their 94-year-old neighbor. The police did not notify them that they would be in their area of the lake or be closing the park, Cooprider said.

Upon hearing the news, she said, “It’s disturbing ... I’m just shocked.”

Cooprider hasn’t heard of any crimes taking place around her part of Lake Decatur or in her neighborhood, she said. She was watching the activity out her back window with a pair of binoculars, but said she couldn’t see much.

“I just hope and pray for the best,” she said.

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