Body found in Tennessee River identified as missing man

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn (WVLT) — Officials identified the body recovered in the Tennessee River Friday night as that of the man who jumped from a bridge and never resurfaced.

The man has been identified as 28-year-old Erik Phillips.

According to the Knox County Sheriff's Office a body was spotted by fisherman near Riverbriar Road. Investigators said they beleive it was the body of Phillips.

Knoxville Police and Fire Department were called to Scottish Pike Park in South Knoxville on Tuesday evening for a person that went missing after jumping from a bridge into the water.

Witnesses called for help around 7:50 p.m. and reported that an individual had been swimming with friends and walked approximately halfway across the railroad bridge located southwest of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Neyland Drive that extends over the Tennessee River.

Police say that the person jumped from the bridge, briefly resurfaced, and then went under the water and did not resurface.

The railroad bridge is located southwest of Lake Loudon Boulevard and Neyland Drive. It extends over the Tennessee River.

Crews from the Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Fire Department, Rescue Squad, and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department were searching the waterway Tuesday evening.

Captain D.J.Corcoran with KFD explained that standard operating procedure for their department is to search for an hour in what they call 'Rescue Mode'. After an hour, which they say chance of viability is less, they search in 'Recovery Mode'.

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