Volume 51, Number 34

fourteen pages

Byrdstown, Tennessee 38549 -- Thursday, August 21, 2014

Woman dies from falling off Obey River Bridge

By: AMANDA BOND, Publisher
A Michigan woman has
died as a result of a fall from
the Obey River Bridge which
is located on Highway 111
crossing Dale Hollow Lake.
According to authorities at
around 12:46 a.m. Saturday,
May 16th, a 911 caller stated
that there was a woman sitting
on side of bridge with her
feet dangling towards the
water. Pickett County
Deputies arrived at the scene
four minutes later and found
a Chrysler Sebring with
Michigan tags parked on side
of northbound lane in the
middle of the bridge. They
looked over the bridge and noticed
something in the water
and proceeded down to the
Sunset Marina dock area. According
to the marina's night
guard, there was a loud explosion
noise just before deputies
arrived. Some night fishermen
also told deputies that
they saw something fall from
the bridge and heard a loud
noise. The fisherman took
Pickett County Deputy James
Hammock to the area where
the vehicle was located above
and he retrieved a coat and
shoes from the water.
The Pickett County Rescue
Squad was quickly called in
for search and recovery and
were aided by Overton, Clay,
Jackson, Putnam, Coffee and
Cumberland County Rescue
Squads. The search went
throughout the night until
late Saturday evening when
heavy storms forced rescuers
to hold off until Sunday morning.
On Sunday, Coffee County
Rescue used a special underwater
camera used for locating
bodies, and shortly found
the body which was approximately
25-30 ft. from where
the clothing had been found.
Divers from the Clay County
Rescue Squad recovered the
body of Tracey Ann Monroe,
43, of Ferndale, Michigan at
around 3:00 p.m. The remains
were taken to the Tennessee
Medical Examiner for a complete
autopsy.
This is the second incident
where a person has died from
falling off the bridge since its
construction. In 2004, a Jackson
County man apparently
jumped off after leaving his
personal belongings sitting
next to his vehicle which was
parked on the side of bridge.

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