UPDATE: Body found in South Chickamauga Creek identified
UPDATE: The Catoosa County Sheriff's Office has identified the body found Saturday in the South Chickamauga Creek near Graysville Road.
Matthew Edward Scruggs, 30, of Ringgold, was discovered by kayakers in the creek. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk said that Scruggs was driving a vehicle that he was looking to purchase. He drove to the old Tri State Steele & Drum property to go fishing.
The vehicle was later located on the property by the Sheriff’s Office.
A family member contacted the Sheriff’s Office Saturday to report Scruggs missing. That's when the identity of the body was determined to be Scruggs, Sisk explained in a news release.
The body has been taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigations’ Crime Lab where an autopsy is expected to be performed. There were no obvious signs of injury, and the official cause of death is yet to be determined.
PREVIOUS STORY: Saturday afternoon the Catoosa County Sheriff's office pulled a body out of the South Chickamauga Creek.
Police say the man had no identification. They believe he is between 30 and 40 years old. Catoosa County Sheriff Gary Sisk tells Channel 3 they believe the unidentified man died between 48 and 72 hours ago.
Channel 3 spoke to people who live in the area. Residents are wondering what happened.
It was obvious even from a distance that it was a dead body," recalled Allan Warren.
Alan Warren has lived near the South Chickamauga Creek for years, never before seeing something like this.
Warren told Channel 3 that he and his wife have noticed a foul smell for a few days.
Investigators with Catoosa County Sheriff's office says they are not sure what caused the man's death-- however, they say there is no clear evidence of foul play at this time.
Sheriff Gary Sisk tells us that kayakers were the ones who initially found the body.
This situation makes people who live in the area a little more cautious when it comes to the South Chickamauga Creek.
"We go there everyday after work to swim, and float, on rafts, and relax-- not sure if we'll be doing that for awhile now. Might be time for the in ground pool," said Warren.
Anyone who knows something that could help identify the man or shed light on this case is urged to call the Catoosa County Sheriff's Office at (706) 935-2424.