Officials: Body found in Tennessee River near where high school fishing team went missing

30 boats and 70 volunteers were out searching for the missing boaters near Pickwick Dam on Saturday, February 29. The Jackson Police Department Aviation unit also performed aerial scans along the bank of the Tennessee River. (Source: TWRA)
(Source: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office in Memphis for an autopsy and identification.

Posted: Mar 10, 2020 8:40 PM

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency announced that a body of a missing boater was found near the Shiloh National Military Park on the Tennessee River about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The body has been sent to the Medical Examiner’s office in Memphis for an autopsy and identification.

The agency and search crews have spent almost three weeks looking for the bodies of 43-year old Kenneth Driver and two 15-year-old boys, members of the Obion County Central High School fishing team who went missing near Pickwick Lake during a practice fishing tournament. Read more here

Read more from the agency here:

Over the last 17 days, search crews have conducted surface and sonar scans in attempts to locate the missing boaters on the Tennessee River. Multiple aviation units have assisted in air searches along the river banks. TWRA, Hardin County Fire Department, Sumner County EMA, Decatur County Rescue, Hardin County Sheriff’s Department, Henry County Rescue, Henderson County Rescue, and EMA, Lake County Sheriff, Humphreys County Sheriff, Carroll County Rescue, Chester County Rescue, Samburg Fire Department, Finger Fire Department, Obion County Rescue, Fayette County Sheriff’s, TEMA, TVA Police, and Pickwick State Park staff, Jackson Police Department Aviation Unit, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol Helicopter have assisted with searching for the missing boaters on the Tennessee River near Pickwick Dam.

The preliminary investigation indicates that a Stratos boat containing 43-year old Kenneth Driver and two 15-year-old boys was last seen in a picture taken above the dam on Saturday, February 22, between 8 and 8:30 a.m. The three occupants and the 20-foot bass boat went through the floodgates at Pickwick Dam. Search efforts were concentrated on a 14 mile stretch the Tennessee River for the missing boaters. The three people were reported missing on Sunday, February 23, after the fishermen failed to return from an Obion County club bass tournament.

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