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Body recovered from Old Hickory Lake

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17 year-old Nashville teen
The body of Jaquan Alexander "Alex" Rodriguez was recovered from Old Hickory Lake just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The deceased, who would have been at senior at Nashville's Hunters Lane High, disappeared Monday evening after jumping off a 30-foot bluff into the water.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the body was transported to the State Medical Examiners Officer for autopsy.

A 911 call was made just after 5 p.m. on Monday. Bryan said that a group of kids had been jumping from a bluff off of Vanderbilt Road in Mt. Juliet. Bryan described the area as a "lakeside community."

The teens were all from Davidson County.

"He jumped off the bluff and went under the water and never came back up," said Bryan, who is still investigating the incident to see whether or not a rope swing was involved.

Agencies including the Sheriff's Office, Wilson Emergency Management, TWRA and the Hendersonville Fire Department began search and rescue operations on Monday evening - however, little could be done after nightfall.

The agencies were back on the water early Tuesday morning to resume search operations.

Divers were able to use sonar devices to locate the deceased 25-30 feet from the spot where he was last seen going under.

WEMA Director Joey Cooper explained that in that area there are various water depths - it goes from 12 feet before dropping off to 24 feet and then 40 feet.

Rodriguez' body was located in the 40-foot depth area.

"A primary concern is they picked an area to jump into that they were not familiar with," Cooper said. "You can't keep everybody from jumping into the water and having fun - but you need to know what you are jumping into."

Cooper also recommended everyone wear a life-jacket when on the water. "Even if you know how to swim," he cautioned. "I want everyone to continue their thoughts and prayers for the family."

Staff Writer Sabrina Garrett may be contacted at sgarrett@wilsonpost.com.

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