Smithville man’s body recovered from Center Hill Lake

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DEKALB COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) – Authorities said the body recovered from Center Hill Lake Monday morning has been identified as a 31-year-old Smithville man.

Sheriff Patrick Ray confirmed to News 2 the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency found the body, now identified as Justin Roper, near the Holiday Haven area.

Agents began searching Saturday after a woman reported her husband missing at Holiday Haven boat ramp.

According to a police report, the woman said Roper walked toward the ramp to go swimming and never returned.

The case remains under investigation by the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Further details were not immediately known.

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