The body of a man missing in the Cotton Lake bottoms has been found, the Tipton County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday afternoon.
Kenya Williams went missing 10 days ago on Neal Road, which is in a remote part of Covington near the airport.
The 47-year-old fell into swift-moving flood waters and was swept away while a second man attempted to save him. The second man, who has not been identified by police, went in after him and was holding onto a culvert when Covington police arrived to rescue them. A third man was also present.
It took law enforcement two hours to recover his body Tuesday afternoon near where he was last seen.
“For a week and a half, rescue and recovery personnel not only worked through difficult weather and dangerous landscape as flood waters evacuated from the area, but also had to deal with snakes and other similar creatures of the river bottoms,” Sheriff Pancho Chumley said. “They utilized a host of resources such as cadaver canines, sonar equipment, aviation, maritime and Hydratrek amphibious machinery, as well as foot patrol searches.”
Am autopsy has been ordered.
The sheriff would like to thank the multitude of agencies and individuals who assisted during 100s of hours of efforts: Tipton County Fire Chief Jon Piercey, Tipton County Emergency Unit, Covington Police Department, Covington Fire Department, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Highway Patrol, Tennessee Task Force One, Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office, Lauderdale County Rescue Squad, and Tipton County 911 Central Dispatch, among others.
“We are most thankful to bring some closure for this family. We are also blessed to work alongside a wonderful group of first responders who are always willing to step in and assist wherever and for however long it takes.”
The investigation is ongoing. If anyone has information in this case, please call the Criminal Investigations Division at 901-475-3300, Central Dispatch after hours at 901-475-4300, phone in tips at 901-475-3307, email tips to firstname.lastname@example.org or Facebook Sheriff J.T. Pancho Chumley. Anonymous tips may be submitted to the Tipton County tip411 app or by texting “Tipton” to 847411.