Fisherman finds dead body in Cumberland River

By: Marcus Conroy Email
By: Marcus Conroy Email

Police are looking for answers after a dead man was found floating in the Cumberland River.

The body was discovered along Maiden Bend Road in Whitley County, about eight miles east of Williamsburg.

Police still have not identified the man, and they have no idea how he died.

John Thomas said he woke up early to fish in the Cumberland River. While he was looking for the perfect spot, he found something resting on a log.

"I looked over, I thought it was a dead animal at first," said Thomas.

But it was not an animal. It was a man wearing a white, sleeveless T-shirt and shorts with the design, "Miami Ink," written on them.

Police were called shortly after and brought the body to the Croley Funeral Home to examine it.

Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell says he noticed several unusual tattoos on the man's chest and arms, including what looks like an octopus.

"On the inside of the right hand was a butterfly. The right arm, inside the arm, was a tattoo of a skull," said Harrell.

Sheriff Harrell says police did not find any identification on the man, and they have no idea how long ago he died because of the water.

"It slows down the decomposing process. No one knows how long he was submerged," said Harrell.

Sheriff Harrell says the man is about 5'6" tall, and weighs somewhere between 140 to 160 pounds.

He says the body will be taken to Frankfort Friday morning for an autopsy.

He says he is also checking with several other counties in the area to help determine if the man was reported missing at some point.

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