Missing Woman Found Dead at Watts Bar Lake

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Authorities search for Madison Taylor at Watts Bar Lake. (Courtesy: TWRA)

DAYTON, Tenn. (WDEF)- A young woman who was reported missing after going for a swim at Watts Bar Lake was found dead late Memorial Day night. Authorities with the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) state that a call was received around 6:30 PM Monday evening about 19 year old Madison Taylor, who had not resurfaced after leaving a boat to go on the swim.

TWRA Officers responded along with the Rhea County Sheriff’s Office, Rhea County Rescue, Meigs County Rescue, Bradley County Dive Team, and Hamilton County Dive Teams. They had to search through 40 to 50 feet of water above the Watts Bar Dam.

Authorities with the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Underwater Recovery Team used a towfish sonar to scan the lake, which detected a point of interest that led to the recovery of Taylor’s body. Her body was transported to the Rhea County Medical Examiner’s Office. The exact cause of death and sequence of events is currently under investigation.

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