Body of Alabama fisherman found in Tenn-Tom Waterway

Published 4:41 pm Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Authorities said the body of an Alabama man was found Tuesday in the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway, near where his overturned boat had been discovered this past weekend.

Daren Coggins, with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks, was directed to the body by Avlee Sobley, who lives in the area.

“I met the lady (Sobley) down here that found the boat,” Coggins said. “When I pulled up she was pointing out in the river. I thought she was pointing to where she found the boat, but she was pointing at the body.”

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Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said Tuesday afternoon that the man had been identified as Tim Johnson, 43, from Ethelsville, Ala. Coggins said man’s family had confirmed that he had been missing.

Merchant said an autopsy had been ordered but there appeared to be no indication of foul play. He noted the man had recently purchased the boat.

Coggins said the body was floating face-down in the river near the bank about 150 yards from where the boat was found near Sobley Camphouse Road and August Landing in extreme southeast Lowndes County.

Authorities said the man’s truck and boat trailer were found at the Nashville Ferry landing, where it is believed the fisherman put in on Saturday.