Remains believed to be the body of a man reported missing on Saturday were recovered from Center Hill Lake Monday morning. While the name of the deceased has not been released, the Review has learned that the body is believed to be that of local resident Justin Roper.
According to Sheriff Patrick Ray, Central Dispatch was notified by the TWRA Monday at 9:16 a.m. that a body was found in the lake close to the Holiday Haven area. The body was recovered from the lake shortly thereafter by the TWRA and a Sheriff’s Department detective.
The search for the man began Saturday when a woman reported that her husband had gone missing near the Holiday Haven Boat Ramp.
"On Saturday May 23 at 12:05 p.m. DeKalb Central Dispatch received a call of a missing man at the Holiday Haven Boat Ramp," Ray said. "The complainant was the wife of the missing man. She reported that on Friday night, May 22, she and her husband had spent the night in their vehicle at the boat ramp. According to the woman, her husband had walked down toward the boat ramp to go swimming and never returned. Deputies and a detective with the Sheriff’s Department arrived on the scene and started a missing person investigation. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and the Corps of Engineers were also notified, and assisted in the search."
The case remains under investigation.