Body found near Cheatham Dam identified


CHEATHAM COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — The Dickson County Sheriff’s Office has identified a man’s body discovered floating in the Cumberland River Tuesday afternoon.

Interim Sheriff Jerone Holt tells News 2 the body discovered was that of 54-year-old Anthony Cason. His body was found the body in the Cumberland River near the Cheatham Dam. Authorities say the body was discovered by a Cheatham Dam employee just before 3 p.m., during a routine maintenance check.

Cason’s brother tells News 2 he went missing Sunday from Nashville while fishing with his wife near Lock Road. This means the man’s body traveled about 30 to 40 miles before someone spotted it.

Nashville Fire Department spokesperson, Kendra Loney, confirms crews we searching for someone in the river near Lock Road Sunday night, but says they did not know the name of the person.

Carl Burton and his brothers were setting up their campsite near the Cheatham dam when they heard police sirens Tuesday afternoon. Then Burton said he saw a Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency boat fly by on the Cumberland River.

“Just camping and enjoying the evening and just fishing, and then next thing you know we hear the sirens. But we just didn’t know what was going on Then we saw the TWRA boat driving real fast down the water and then we said well something must be going on. Then we got the word and it spread through the campsite very fast,” Burton said.

Cason was transported by ambulance to the medical examiner’s office for an autopsy.

Dickson County Sheriff’s office is leading the investigation.

This is a developing story. Stay with News 2 and for updates.

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