Decatur Police Identify Man Found In Tennessee River

DECATUR, Ala. (WHNT) – Thursday afternoon, police said they had identified the body of a man found floating in the Tennessee River the previous evening.

Police say the man was James Otis Robinson, Jr.  He was 40 years old and lived in Decatur.  Police say Robinson drowned, and added his death has been ruled a suicide.

Police had issued a description of the man and a tattoo to the news media on Wednesday evening.  Family members watched the news, recognized the description and called police.

The family also saw Robinson’s car parked at the entrance to the Riverwalk Marina, unoccupied.   They also gave police more information that helped identify the man.

Robinson’s body underwent an autopsy at the Alabama Department of Forensic Science in Huntsville.  His cause of death was ruled as drowning.

A boater found Robinson’s body on Wednesday evening under the Railroad Bridge on the Tennessee River in Decatur.

Decatur Police, the Morgan County Rescue Squad, Decatur Fire & Rescue, the Alabama Marine Police and the Limestone County Coroner’s Office all participated in the investigation.


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