Remains may be those of missing Pegram man - WKRN News 2

Remains may be those of missing Pegram man

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Family members searched the area near the Harpeth River on Sunday. Family members searched the area near the Harpeth River on Sunday.
Danny Tomlinson, 39, of Pegram, was swept away in the May flood and presumed dead. Danny Tomlinson, 39, of Pegram, was swept away in the May flood and presumed dead.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A body has been discovered and it is thought to be the remains of a Pegram man missing since the May flood.

Danny Tomlinson, 39, was last seen in his car early May 2 on Newsom Station Road near Buffalo Road off Highway 70 in the Bellevue area.

His car was recovered on the flooded road two days later.

Tomlinson's family found what they believe to be his remains along the Harpeth River, near Highway 70 and McCrory Lane on Sunday.

"We found him," Tomlinson's mother Sherry Wilson told News 2. "It's a hard day, but it's a wonderful day, it's a blessed day."

The remains were found among flood debris in the now shallow part of the Harpeth River, which is close to the location where Tomlinson's car was swept away.

Tomlinson's sisters, along with bloodhounds, the UAB Rescue Team and other volunteers found the skeletal remains during an organized search of the Harpeth River.

"I knew it was him as soon as I saw it," Tomlinson's sister, Chelsea Simmons said. "I just got down on my knees and thanked God because it's because of him we found him."

Searchers also recovered a wallet and cell phone from the river near the remains.

"We boated by it," Wilson said, "but it wasn't until a few days ago that the water receded and we were able to search it."

Tomlinson's family thanked all the volunteers who spent months looking for him.

Funeral arrangements are pending, but the family plans to hold a service at Highland Park Church in west Nashville.

Metro police Capt. David Imhof said the remains will be taken to the medical examiner's office to confirm their identity.

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