Hawkins County

Update: Body recovered from Cherokee Lake late Saturday

Saturday Night/Sunday Morning Update: The body of Austin Fleenor was recovered from Cherokee Lake late Saturday, following a crash that happened during the afternoon. 

Saturday Evening Update: Tennessee Highway Patrol has identified the driver as 20-year-old Austin Fleenor. They say he was not on drugs or using alcohol, but are not sure if he was wearing a seatbelt.

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Tennessee Highway Lieutenant Rick Garrison says they are investigating single vehicle crash where a vehicle drove into Cherokee Lake in Mooresburg in Hawkins County.

Garrison was notified about the incident just before 2:00 p.m. Saturday.

He says that's the only information being released. We will provide updates as more information becomes available.

Officers on scene tell News 5 a man was driving a truck on Highway 11W. They say the truck ran of the road, crashed into some bushes, went through a fence and landed in Cherokee Lake. They say this part of the lake is typically not filled with water, but is used for back flow when it rains. The area was filled with water when the truck landed in the lake.

They say the truck has been removed, but there was no sign of the man who was driving it. The last time anyone heard from him was when he sent a text message to his girlfriend at 4:00 a.m.

Hawkins County Rescue Squad is searching the water by boat. THP is investigating.


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