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Unidentified body found in Jones Bay in Soddy Daisy

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SODDY-DAISY, TN (WRCB) -- The body of a man was pulled from the Lakesite Marina off Hixson Pike late Sunday Afternoon.

People near the marina called 911 around 3 o'clock after realizing a body was floating toward the shore.

"They thought they saw a mannequin in the water. They went over to where it was located and discovered it was in fact a body," says Janice Atkinson with the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office.

The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office, as well as the Dallas Bay Fire Department and the Department of Natural Resources were called to Jones Bay at the Lakesite Marina to help remove a body from the water.

"I have no idea what a body would be doing floating in Dallas Bay. It's definitely concerning since I live literally across the street," says Nich Roberts.

Roberts and his friends couldn't help but notice all the commotion.

"We saw a bunch of people over here were watching so we stopped and we sat and we actually saw what looked like a body that was hooked to the side of the boat that was floating in the water," says Roberts.

Both investigators and bystanders say by the initial looks of things, the body had been in the water for quite some time.

"It looked like it had been there for a while and it looked like it was a guy. Maybe thirties? But we have a set of binoculars and it definitely looked like a guy," says Roberts.

"He's been in the water for a while. The body's been in the water for a while. I'm sure it's in bad condition," says Atkinson.

Responders believe the body is a man's, based on clothing. Investigators say they will be checking all missing persons reports from the area.

"That'll be part of the investigation. They will check any missing party reports. And they'll go through the process of getting him identified. And they'll have to notify the next of kin," says Atkinson.

At this point, this is just being considered a death investigation, depending on what the medical examiner finds once looking at the body.

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