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Body Of Missing Lebanon Teen Recovered In Cumberland River

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Crews discovered the body of James Davis, Jr. in the Cumberland River on Saturday, July 20, 2013. Crews discovered the body of James Davis, Jr. in the Cumberland River on Saturday, July 20, 2013.
Crews from several emergency response agencies searched the Cumberland River after James Davis, Jr. went missing. Crews from several emergency response agencies searched the Cumberland River after James Davis, Jr. went missing.

LEBANON, Tenn. – The body of a 15-year-old boy from Wilson County has been recovered. Crews had been searching for the teen since Sunday.

Officials said the body of James Davis Jr. was discovered Saturday around 7:30 a.m. by crews from the Sumner County Emergency Management Agency. Davis was a student at Lebanon High School.

Davis was with two other teens when he used a rope attached to the bottom of the Highway 231 bridge to swing into the river around 5:30 p.m. last Sunday.

His friends told police Davis struggled in the water and did not come back up. Authorities said the other two teens swam out to help save him, but one was swept down the stream, where he was later rescued. The other made it to shore safely.

About 30 rescuers on six boats were out on the Cumberland River on Monday, searching for 15-year-old James Davis, Jr.

Crews from several agencies aided in the search over the last week, including the Wilson and Sumner County Emergency Management Agencies, Wilson County Sheriff's Office, Gallatin and Hendersonville Fire Departments, Rutherford and Trousdale County Search and Rescue teams, and the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

Neighbor Terry Heatherly said accidents in the water seemed to get worse every year. He said he put up a sign this summer to warn all the kids who trespass on his property, or on land owned by the Corps of Engineers.

"Year by year I've seen it grow heavy, heavy traffic hear. I just thought I'd better put a sign up. At least it would be there to protect me if someone gets hurt," explained Heatherly.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the rope has been removed several times before. However, a new one keeps being put back up.

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Wilson County EMA, and Wilson County Sheriff's Office were investigating the incident.

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