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Body of drowning victim recovered from Fort Dickerson Quarry

The Knoxville Police Department confirmed Monday night officials recovered the body of a victim at the Fort Dickerson Quarry.
Fort Dickerson Quarry in Knoxville / Source: WVLT
Fort Dickerson Quarry in Knoxville / Source: WVLT(WVLT)
Published: Aug. 2, 2020 at 10:11 PM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2020 at 11:32 PM EDT
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Knoxville Police Department confirmed Monday night officials recovered the body of a victim at the Fort Dickerson Quarry.

According to KPD, Knox County Rescue crews and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency located and recovered the body of the victim Monday around 9:35 p.m.

The victim has been identified at 29-year-old Porifirio Ruiz of Knoxville, Tenn.

On Sunday night KPD and Knox County Rescue were called to search for a possible drowning victim at Fort Dickerson Quarry.

According to a release from KPD, crews responded to Fort Dickerson Quarry around 6:15 p.m. Sunday after dispatch received multiple calls about a possible drowning.

“Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department and Knox County Rescue Squad personnel all responded to the scene and began an active search for the victim. The victim, an adult male, was at the park with his family when he was observed falling off of a float into the water and never resurfaced,” KPD spokesperson Scott Erland said.

KPD said crews searched for the victim until around 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

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