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UPDATE: Police ID body as missing 85-year-old man

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Police are searching the area near Enterprise South at Bonny Oaks Drive. WRCBtv.com photo Police are searching the area near Enterprise South at Bonny Oaks Drive. WRCBtv.com photo
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HAMILTON COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE: Chattanooga police have identified the body discovered Monday morning at 7026 Bonny Oaks Drive as 85-year old Charles Pittman.

Pittman was reported missing Sunday, and was reported to have suffered from Alzheimer's and Dementia.

Investigators found no evidence of foul play and are awaiting the results from the Hamilton County Medical Examiner's Office.

Pittman's body was found less than five miles away from the home address where he was last seen by family.

Two teenagers found him in a shallow creek near the Redoubt soccer fields off Bonny Oaks Drive.

"We told them, we just driving down the road, looked over, saw somebody and then we just pulled back over here to see what was going on," said Colby Burnette, a senior at East Hamilton High School.
    
It was one of the first times Colby Burnette was behind the wheel. The two teens had just come from the DMV where Burnette passed his driving test.

The two teens were coming down Bonny Oaks Drive around 9 a.m. Monday morning when the passenger of the car, 19-year old Ethan Swilley, looked out his window and something floating in the water caught his eye.

"I saw a shirt and what looked like a person," Swilley said, "So I made him turn around and we came over here."

Chattanooga Police identified the man as 85-year old Charles Pittman.
    
Pittman went missing Sunday afternoon and his family had been searching for him near their home on Chase Hunter Trail.
    
Pittman suffered from dementia and had other medical problems.
   
Chattanooga police saw no signs of foul play involving Pittman's death.

"It's a very small amount of water in the creek, it's a very slow flowing creek. It doesn't appear that it's anything that he's traveled a great distance."
    
The two teens hope their call to 911 helps Pittman's family begin to find closure, saying their still not sure how they were able to spot him from a moving car.

"I actually do think everything happens for a reason, especially something like this," Swilley said.

Chattanooga police are still investigating the cause of death but they do believe Pittman's death was an accident and not caused by another person.


PREVIOUS STORY: The Hamilton County Sheriff's Office has been involved in a search for 85-year-old Charles Pittman since 2:00 p.m. Sunday.  

Investigators tell Channel 3, the family left his home on Chase Hunter Trail around 10 a.m. and returned at noon to find him gone from the home. 

The family searched the property and surrounding roads for two hours and did not locate him. 

They are certain he left walking and has done this before but was found near Hamilton Place Mall area.

Pittman has some medical issues and suffers from dementia. He was last seen wearing black shoes, blue jeans, white shirt and brown jacket. Police tell Channel 3 that Pittman now has a full beard.  

The search is continuing as STARS was notified and currently on scene. If you see Pittman contact the Hamilton County Sheriff's Office at 423-622-0022. 
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