Authorities have recovered a body from the Nolichucky River.

The identity of the deceased person has not yet been released.

Searchers found the body around 3 p.m. Monday after a search that began Sunday afternoon, according to a news release from the Tusculum Police Department.

A dive team from Sullivan County recovered the body about a mile upstream from the Kinser Bridge on Erwin Highway, according to the news release.

Authorities said in the news release:

Around 3:30 p.m. Sunday, two men fishing on the river called 911 saying they had found a body submerged in the river.

Members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department and the Tusculum Police Department were dispatched to Blackberry Lane in an attempt to locate a safe passage into the river. Using information provided by the fisherman, they began a search.

The Greeneville-Greene County Rescue Squad was also dispatched along with the Tusculum Volunteer Fire Department.

The responders searched the river until it was unsafe to continue due to darkness.

The search resumed at 9 a.m. Monday with members of the Greene County Sheriff’s Department, the Tusculum Police Department, Greeneville-Greene County Rescue Squad and EMS with assistance from the fisherman who originally made the 911 call Sunday.

Searchers discovered the body submerged about one mile upstream from the Kinser Bridge, but recovery could not be completed due to the depth and current of the river. Local authorities contacted the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Department Dive Team for assistance recovering the body.

The Sun will report more information as it becomes available.

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