The EBCI Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a body floating in the Oconaluftee River on Saturday, May 23 at 11:07am. The body was reportedly in the water near the curve across from Cherokee Tire.
A fisherman spotted the body of a male and called the Tribal Dispatch Office. Cherokee Indian Police Department and the Cherokee Fire & Rescue Water Rescue Team responded to the scene. It is not known what the cause of death is, and the case is pending further investigation. The name of the deceased has not been released yet pending notification to the family.
– EBCI Public Safety