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Story published: 10-23-2013 • Print ArticleE-mail Story to a Friend

Body of missing fisherman recovered from Watauga Lake

The search has ended for a fisherman from Roan Mountain, TN who went missing after an apparent collision with an island on Watauga Lake just upstream of Fish Springs Marina.

Members of the Carter Co.unty Rescue Squad recovered the body of Landon W. Campbell of Perkins Hollow Rd. in Roane Mtn. from the lake at approximately 5:12 p.m. this Sunday by use of an underwater remote operated vehicle. Mr. Campbell was 61 years old.

TWRA officers were notified Sunday morning about an unoccupied bass boat that was found by a fisherman around 10:00 a.m. Another witness in a nearby sailboat reported that they had noticed the unoccupied bass boat in the same area the night before around 10:00 p.m. and that the vessel was displaying its navigation lights.

The victim apparently launched his boat Saturday at Rat Branch boat ramp several miles downstream of the accident scene. Officers located the truck and empty trailer and notified the then missing fishermen’s family who informed them that he suffers from several medical conditions.

TWRA Officers and Investigators have requested an autopsy and the accident remains under investigation.