Katelyn Campbell’s body was Found

Decatur-Perry County and Wildlife Rescue officials

Decatur-Perry County and Wildlife Rescue officials searched for Katelyn Campbell in the Tennessee River, Monday, July 2. Campbell is said to have fell into the river, Saturday night, June 30. Capbell’s body was recovered from the Perry County side of the river around 1:30pm. (Photo: KENNETH CUMMINGS/The Jackson Sun)

TENNESSEE RIVER — Decatur County Sheriff Keith Byrd confirmed at a press conference Monday afternoon searchers discovered the body of Katelyn Campbell a few hundred yards downstream from the Alvin C. York Bridge over the Tennessee River.

Campbell, 19, was from Jack’s Creek in Chester County. Two teenage boys said Campbell fell from the maintenance catwalk just under the bridge about midnight Saturday night, and all they heard was a splash.

Sheriff Byrd said while alcohol was involved, they suspect it was an accident and that no foul play was involved.

“There’s closure for us, but I don’t like the word closure where the family’s concerned,” Byrd said at the press conference. “There will never be full closure for them. We came to do a job and it worked out. We’re finished.”

Crews from Decatur County, Perry County — which is on the other side of the river — Carroll, Hardin, Henderson, Benton and other counties searched all day Sunday and through the night until the discovery about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

“They were just out doing something they shouldn’t have been doing,” Byrd said.

Byrd said he will talk to the Tennessee Department of Transportation to find out what charges, if any, can be given to the two boys for being on the catwalk. He said the only people who should ever be on the catwalk are bridge inspectors, and he hopes that something can be done to prevent this from happening again.

“My thinking is, if we can charge them for being out there, then that might put the right signal to others that would go out there,” Byrd said. “No thinking person would go out there.”

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