Body Recovered From Center Hill Lake

March 25, 2007
Dwayne Page

The body of a man surfaced on Center Hill Lake Saturday afternoon, believed to be that of 43 year old Bobby Joe Cosgrove of Cook Street, Cookeville who has been missing since Tuesday.

Sheriff Patrick Ray says a fisherman on the lake spotted the body in the water in the Coconut Ridge area, downstream a long distance from where the search effort was being conducted around Hurricane Bridge. The fisherman then called 911 to report the discovery around 4:19 p.m.

An autopsy is being performed on the body to help determine the cause of death.

Sheriff Ray says Cosgrove's vehicle was found parked by the side of the road at Hurricane Bridge on Highway 56 north early Tuesday morning and the car contained some of his personal belongings. Based on what was found in the car, Sheriff Ray says authorities believe Cosgrove may have jumped off the bridge and drowned.

In addition to the Sheriff's Department, others who aided in the search this week for Cosgrove were members of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the TWRA, the DeKalb County and Putnam County Rescue Squads, and the Putnam County K-9 Tracking Unit.

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