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TWRA releases identity of man found dead in Holston River near Christian's Bend in Hawkins County

TWRA said the body was recovered and has been taken to Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.

SURGOINSVILLE, Tenn. — A 51-year-old man found dead in the Holston River Wednesday evening has been identified, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

TWRA said at around 5 p.m. an unoccupied aluminum boat was found with personal belongings on board. It was near the boat ramp at Christian's Bend, in Hawkins County, according to a release from authorities. The boat did not appear to have been in a crash, authorities said.

They said rescue crews responded and they found the body of Dennis Wayne Jenkins, of Kingsport, around 200 yards upstream. They said the man was not wearing a lifejacket. 

TWRA also said the body was recovered and has been taken to Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.

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