CHURCH HILL — Officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Office are jointly investigating a body that was found floating in the Holston River on Saturday.
A report by Hawkins Co. Sheriff’s Sgt. Sam Wilhoit said that officers were dispatched about 8:53 a.m. on June 15, 2019, to the boat ramp near Christian’s Bend to investigate a report by a fisherman of the discovery of what appeared to be human remains floating in the river.
Upon arrival, Sgt. Wilhoit said, the fisherman directed investigators to the body, which was lodged under a tree near the bank.
According to the report, the body is that of an adult male with grayish hair and a long ponytail, dressed in bib overalls with no shirt or shoes.
According to the HCSO report, the body appears to have been in the water for several days.
Church Hill Rescue Squad and the Hawkins County Rescue Squad were both summoned to the scene, along with other emergency first responders.
The body was removed from the river and transported to a location in Johnson City where an autopsy is being performed.
TWRA said it is unknown at this time if the incident is boating related.
The male victim, TWRA said, was not wearing a life jacket.
Sheriff Ronnie Lawson told the Review on Monday morning that the results of the autopsy have not yet been turned over to officials and that the incident is still under investigation.