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UPDATE: Body found by fisherman possibly from Hamilton Co.

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MARION COUNTY, TN (WRCB) -- Marion County investigators are working to identify a body recovered from the Tennessee River Saturday afternoon. Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett tells Channel 3 there is a strong possibility the body found is of a man from Hamilton County.

"The body was floating. The upper body of the torso was above water, so they just run up on it," says Burnett.

Marion County Sheriff Bo Burnett says around 3 o'clock Saturday afternoon some fishermen on the Tennessee River, near the Raccoon Mountain water pump facility, were out on their boat when they noticed a body floating in the water.

"It was surprising to say the least. Not what I expected," says Matthew Scott.

Just up the river, fisherman Matthew Scott saw all the of the commotion from shore.

"We got down here and there were some EMTs and the sheriff, the Marion County sheriff over at the boat ramp. They told us to move down river for a little bit, that they were searching for a body," says Scott.

Crews were able to pull the body from the water. Sheriff Burnett says the Marion County medical examiner determined the body to be that of a white man in his mid-20s.

"From talking to some of the officers, the body has been in the water for a pretty good amount of time," says Burnett.

He says investigators will be checking missing person's reports from the area. Burnett also says Hamilton County law enforcement is working the investigation because there is a possibility that is where the man is from.

"There's a possibility that it could be somebody from Hamilton County. We don't know at this time, but there's a strong possibility that it's somebody from Hamilton County," says Burnett.

Burnett says it is too soon to tell if there was any type of foul play involved. The body is being sent to Nashville for an autopsy, to gather more clues on what may have happened to the man.

Stay with WRCBtv.com for updates to this developing story.

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