Loudon County Sheriff’s Department detectives are investigating the drowning of a 14 year old teenager in Tellico Lake last night.
E-911 received a call at approximately 7:19 pm eastern of a teenage male who had jumped from a bridge on State Route 444 into Tellico Lake and had not resurfaced. Numerous emergency crews responded to the scene and immediately began a rescue operation.
“At approximately 8:36 pm, I was notified by EMA divers that the body of a young teenage male, who we identified as Travis Knox, was located in an area below the bridge where he was last seen by witnesses.”, said Loudon County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Jimmy Davis. “It is our understanding that this young man is a resident of Monroe County and is a student at Sequoyah High School,” said Davis.
Knox’s body has been taken to the forensic center for an autopsy and the investigation is ongoing pending those results.