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Emer. Mgr. confirms body found in Laurel River is man swept away in dam release

Published: Jun. 12, 2020 at 12:37 PM EDT
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CORBIN, Ky. (WKYT) –

The Whitley County Emergency Manager has confirmed to WKYT that a body found in Laurel River is that of Tyler Russell.

Crews have been searching the river below Laurel Lake since Saturday looking for Russell.

He was reportedly out swimming with his wife and friends Saturday when water was released from the dam, pulling him under.

As the water started to rise, two other swimmers were able to make it to safety.

Russell was reportedly carried away by the water into a tree. He held onto a limb before being swept farther downstream and out of sight.

Danny Moses, Whitley Emergency Manager, confirms it was Tyler Russell’s body found this morning

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