A child and a man are found dead in the Tennessee River

A child and a man are found dead in the Tennessee River

PERRY COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities are investigating after the bodies of a child and a man were recovered from the Tennessee River in Perry County on Wednesday.

Members of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) were reportedly asked to respond to the area of ​​Cypress Creek Road in Linden around 6:45 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27 after an employee of The Rogers Group, a sand and gravel company, discovered the child. in the river.

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems said officers initially found an unattended car parked near where the body was found in the water.

“(We found) evidence that they may have been fishing. We launched sonar boats and discovered an image in the water, which is an additional image,” Weems explained. “We took the Perry County Rescue Squad boats out to tow the river, and at 12:25 p.m. today “We recovered an adult, middle-aged man, from the same area.”

Neither the child nor the adult was wearing a life jacket, the sheriff said, adding that they may have been in the water for 12 to 16 hours.

“The TBI is investigating all angles to rule out foul play. We do not believe at this time that there was any foul play. We believe it was an accident, a horrific accident,” Weems said.

According to Weems, the area is private property and considered a dangerous place to fish.

“The area I’m talking about is a place where people are known to frequently go and fish from barges. It’s a gravel pit, so they dredge gravel from the river and then they stack those barges side by side to load them to move the gravel from one location to another,” he explained. There are signs saying “No Trespassing”… “Employees Only”, but people ignore these signs. This is one of many deaths or drownings we have seen in this area over the years.

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Al-Sharif said this heartbreaking situation should serve as a warning to others.

“Especially in the Tennessee River, there’s, sometimes, a lot of current. Recently, there’s been a lot of current around this location where they were located. “There’s piled gravel, several feet high. This gravel can break down and disintegrate in the water you go into. It’s a really dangerous place to go and spend the day with your family.

Weems thanked the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Perry County Rescue Squad, TBI, and Decatur County Sheriff’s Office for assisting in the investigation.

Investigators believe the child is between four and five years old, and the man is described as middle-aged. Weems said the bodies — which were taken to the medical examiner’s office — are not related to the ongoing missing persons case in Tennessee.

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