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Tennessee: Child and Father's Bodies Found After Fishing Accident

Thayne Muthler

In Linden, Tennessee, a heartbreaking incident unfolded on Wednesday morning as the bodies of a child and an adult, suspected to be the child's father, were recovered from the Tennessee River.

Perry County Sheriff Nick Weems, as reported by WSMV, shared that the father and his 4-5 year-old son had gone fishing on Tuesday night and tragically both fell into the water. While the child's body was found around 6:45 am near Highway 412 in a gravel pit close to the river, the father's body was discovered later in the day.

Names have been withheld pending notification of their next-of-kin. Weems sadly mentioned that neither of them wore life jackets.

Despite signs prohibiting fishing and trespassing in the area, Weems highlighted that it remains a popular fishing spot, emphasizing that similar tragedies have occurred in the past.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is aiding the Perry County Sheriff's Office in the investigation, clarifying that the incident is unrelated to any missing person case.

The Decatur County Sheriff's Office played a crucial role in locating the bodies, demonstrating the collaborative efforts of law enforcement agencies in such distressing situations.