Update: Body found in Cumberland River identified

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KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Updated Story
Kentucky State Police have identified the body found in the Cumberland River after an autopsy.

Johnny Carnes, 42, or Pineville was last seen February 6. He was walking on the railroad tracks between Belcher Road and Dorton Branch in the Pineville community of Bell County.

Police found Carnes' body wearing the same camouflage boots he was wearing when he went missing.

Officials had conducted a missing person investigation at the time of Carnes' disappearance.

The medical examiner says the cause of death is apparent drowning, proving earlier statements made by police to be true.

"The likelihood of this individual floating in the river for some time is very likely," Trooper Shane Jacobs said.

People camping near the site, much like Brian Broughton, say they are not surprised by the possible drowning, saying the current often becomes too swift for swimmers to withstand.

"There are some deep holes that you could get sucked into, and get sucked under and drown real easily," Broughton said.

Police say the body was so badly decomposed even determining the gender was difficult.

Now after more than two months, the family knows what happened to their loved one.

Original Story
Officials with Kentucky State Police confirm that a body has been found in the Cumberland River in Knox County.

Three kayakers traveling down the Cumberland River found the body caught in some debris.

Officials do not know if it is a man or woman due to severe decomposition.

Officials from the Knox County Coroner's Office are also on scene.

A death investigation has been opened in the case.

The body was recovered by the Special Operations Response Team.

Kentucky State Police is leading the investigation. Officials are looking into open missing person cases.

The body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner's office Friday morning.

We will continue to update this story.

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