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UPDATE: Missing elderly man’s body found

Jared Felkins • Sep 2, 2017 at 10:24 AM

A duck hunter who was preparing his blind for the upcoming hunting season on Old Hickory Lake found the body Saturday afternoon of an elderly man reported missing Saturday morning.

Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan said the body of Michael Odean Luna, 65, was found at about 1:15 p.m. about a quarter mile downstream from where he was last seen Friday afternoon on his houseboat at Cherokee Marina.

“He was an older man who couldn’t get around all that well,” Bryan said. “We believe he fell off his boat.”

Bryan said Luna’s body was sent to state forensics officials for autopsy. 

According to Lt. Scott Moore, Luna was last seen Friday between 3-4 p.m. at the marina on Highway 109 near the Sumner County line. He did have known medical conditions, Moore said.

Detective B.J. Stafford said emergency crews used a sonar device to check the water immediately around Luna’s houseboat. He said they also checked with friends and family to try and find the man. Stafford said it didn’t appear to be a case of foul play.

A silver alert was issued Saturday morning for information on Luna’s whereabouts. 

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