published Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

Police recover body from Tar Creek in Dalton

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    Police and fire fighters work to recover a body found in Tar Creek near South Hamilton Street in Dalton Tuesday afternoon.
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DALTON, Ga. — Police detectives said they saw no obvious signs of foul play on a body pulled Tuesday from Tar Creek.

The body, that of a white male, was found by a surveying team Tuesday afternoon near an industrial area in the southern part of Dalton, police said.

About 2 p.m., police were called to the scene near railroad tracks between South Hamilton Street and Abutment Road, according to police spokesman Bruce Frazier. The body was just south of a small railroad trestle crossing the creek, which was higher than normal after recent rains.

Firefighters were called to help remove the body because of the deep water, Frazier said.

It took authorities more than an hour to retrieve the body and load it into a waiting ambulance. It was taken to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation crime lab to be examined, Frazier said.

Detectives remained on the scene to examine the area and look for potential details about what may have happened.

Frazier said the Dalton Police Department did not have any reports of missing men and was not aware of any men missing in other parts of the state.

He said he could not estimate how long the body was in the water, but it appeared to be fully clothed.

There are several homeless camps near the area where the body was found, Frazier said.

about Mariann Martin...

Mariann Martin covers healthcare in Chattanooga and the surrounding region. She joined the Times Free Press in February 2011, after covering crime and courts for the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun for two years. Mariann was born in Indiana, but grew up in Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Belize. She graduated from Union University in 2005 with degrees in English and history and has master’s degrees in international relations and history from the University of Toronto. While attending Union, ...

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