Two Bodies Found in Center Hill Lake, Victims of Boating Accident

February 20, 2014
Dwayne Page
Patrick Ray

The bodies of two persons, a man and a woman, were found in Center Hill Lake overnight, the apparent victims of a boating accident.

Names of the victims have not yet been released.

"A call was made Wednesday at 5:14 pm by a fisherman who said he found a body in the water. Through an investigation, we learned that two people had gone fishing earlier in the day around the Holmes Creek Boat Ramp off of Holmes Creek Road in Smithville," said Sheriff Patrick Ray in a statement to WJLE.

"A second body was found in the lake around 4:28 a.m. this morning (Thursday) after the Smithville-DeKalb County Rescue Squad, using their sonar system, spotted an image of interest. The TWRA then used a submersible sonar, equipped with a camera and grab hook, to retrieve the body," said Sheriff Ray.

Along with the Rescue Squad, the Sheriff's Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency were assisted in the investigation by the DeKalb County Emergency Management Agency.

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