Body of escaped Moccasin Bend patient found downriver
CHATTANOOGA, TN (WRCB) -- The body of a patient who managed to escape from the Moccasin Bend Mental Health Facility Tuesday evening by attempting to swim across the Tennessee River has been found about a mile downriver.
Chattanooga Police spokesman Nathan Hartwig said that officers responded to a "body found" call just after 11:00 a.m. Thursday morning, and were able to confirm the body was that of patient Waylon Farless.
The escape happened around 7:15 p.m. Tuesday evening. The 36 year old Farless had criminal charges out of DeKalb County and was taken to Moccasin Bend for mental health concerns.
Members of local search and rescue teams spent nearly a day searching the river near the mental health facility before calling off the search late yesterday afternoon.
Details of how the Farless was able to jump into the river are unknown and still being investigated.