Carter County

UPDATE: Victim's name released after body found in lake

CARTER COUNTY, Tenn. - UPDATE 11:03pm:

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes tells us 21-year-old Cody Roberts of Elizabethton died on Watauga Lake.

Carter County EMS found Roberts' body Sunday afternoon near the town of Butler.

The search began around 6 o'clock Sunday morning after family and friends woke up and couldn't find him. Mathes tells us the family believed he drowned after they found some of his personal belongings near the dock. Mathes told us, "there was some items found there and it was sunglasses that were believed to be there. Just minor things that someone would be carrying to have around…"

Sheriff Mathes also told us with the water temperature as low as it is, if someone unexpectedly fell in, there's a chance muscles could easily freeze up.

The Sullivan County Dive Team retrieved the body around 6:30 Sunday evening.

We're told the sheriff's office plans on doing an autopsy within the next few days.


UPDATE at 7:38 pm: The Sullivan County Dive Team has recovered the body of a missing 21-year-old man.

They tell us they were able to get the body around 6:15 Sunday evening.

The name of the man is still not being released.

We will have the latest facts on this story coming up at 11.


Rescue crews are working to recover the body of a man in his 20's believed to have drowned in Watauga Lake sometime between last night and early this morning.

A search by the Carter County EMS found the body in some underwater brush near the town of Butler.

Sheriff Mathes told News 5 they are bringing in rescue divers to assist with the recovery.

The man was first discovered missing by his family some time around 6 a.m. Sunday.

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