Missing man found dead in Buffalo River

Missing man found dead in Buffalo River (Image 1)

A man who was reported on April 14 has been found dead in the Buffalo River.

James “Jimmy” Skelton, 52, was last seen at his home in Howenwald on Thursday, April 11 at 2:30 p.m. His family reported him missing and noted that he was a diabetic without his medication.

At the time of his disappearance, multiple crews searched for Skelton including the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Lewis County's fire and rescue department.

His truck, a 2004 white Ford F150 with TN disable driver tags, was located in the Buffalo River at 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

Skelton's body was found in a drift in the river approximately five miles from where the truck went into the water.

Officials believe he was trying to cross a low-water bridge around the time he was reported missing and swept the truck away.

Authorities stated that the bridge is so low that it is usually closed when there is a lot of rain.

Preliminary investigations lead officials to believe Skelton's cause of death is drowning, however they are still investigating.

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