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Body of Portland angler pulled from OHL Mar. 16

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Brian said about 8:30 a.m., Wednesday, they found Lea’s canoe and paddles in the Long Branch Recreation Area and began searching for his body. Upon finding Lea’s body, Brian said there appeared to be no signs of foul play involved.

“He was believed to be out there fishing. We found a trotline and jugs, maybe he was catfishing,” Brian said.

Although authorities didn’t think foul play was involved in Lea’s death, Brian said they could not be certain that drowning was the cause of the death, either. Lea’s body was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Nashville Wednesday for an autopsy.

“We’re still unsure how he ended up in the water,” Brian pointed out. Brian and the TWRA was still awaiting confirmation on Thursday from the state medical examiner about Lea’s exact cause of death.

Staff Writer Patrick Hall may be contacted at phall@wilsonpost.com.

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