The body of a Hendersonville man was recovered over the weekend in Old Hickory Lake within hours after he was reported missing, according to local officials.
Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officers were notified of a possible missing person in relation to a boating accident at around 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9, according to a TWRA media release.
When they arrived, officers determined that a single male left Creekwood Marina in a small jet driven boat and several witnesses saw him operating in the area.
The boat driven by Jeremy Key, 52, was later found unoccupied going in circles. Officers with the Hendersonville police and fire departments secured the boat which appeared to have hit a retaining wall.
TWRA officers used sonar and a Remote Operated Vehicle (ROV) to locate Key’s body in 12 feet of water, according to the release.
Hendersonville Fire Department divers recovered Key’s body at around 1:30 a.m. on Saturday, according to the department’s Facebook page.
“Our staff once again completed another very difficult recovery using their superior skills,” said the department’s post. “Our condolences go out to the family and friends of the victim.”
Key’s blood was drawn and will be sent to the TBI for analysis, according to the TWRA. The agency also said that an autopsy won’t be performed per the Sumner the County District Attorney’s office.
The recovery is the second one Hendersonville’s dive team has made in the Drake’s Creek area of the lake since Sept. 6 when a 23-year-old Indiana woman drowned after falling from a pontoon boat.