Body found in Cumberland River in downtown Nashville

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – Rescue crews recovered a decomposed body from the Cumberland River in downtown Nashville on Thursday.

A barge worker reported spotting the body near Cowan Street around 12 p.m., prompting the Nashville Fire Department and emergency officials to respond.

After over an hour of searching, Commander William Swann told News 2 the body was located near the Jefferson Street bridge.

Due to the large amount of people downtown for the CMA Fest, the body was placed in a bag and removed from the water on the east side at the Shelby Park Boat Ramp.

Officials say they believe the body had been in the water for a long time. While the identity of the victim remains unknown, officials did say it was a female.

Further details weren’t immediately known.