An autopsy was performed in Madisonville Monday to determine the identity of a body found floating in Kentucky Lake early Sunday morning.
According to Marshall County Rescue Squad Chief Curt Curtner, a fisherman from Illinois reported the body floating in the water near Duncan Bay, just across the lake from Southern Komfort Resort at around 7 a.m. Sunday.
Curtner and other members of the rescue squad responded and pulled the body from the lake. Curtner said the body was that of a man, but that he had no identification on him.
“From the looks of it he had been in the water for for least 24-36 hours,” said Curtner.
“We checked with law enforcement in the area and there had been no reports of a missing person in Kentucky, but we believe it could be linked to a missing person report in Tennessee,” he said.
Meanwhile, WBBJ T.V. station in Jackson Tenn. is reporting 72-year old Dan Couger of Benton, County, Tenn. was located on Kentucky Lake about a half mile from where he had tied his boat in Trigg County on Friday. Couger had been reported missing by his family on Saturday after he failed to return from a fishing trip.
At press time, Kentucky State Police had not returned phone calls to confirm the man’s identity.
Curtner said this was the third drowning his squad had worked in June. He cautioned lake goers to wear life jackets at all times while on the water.