According to the Catoosa County Sheriff’s Office, 18-year-old Damond Anthony Ray Beck went missing from the creek bank off of Carrol Road shortly before 7 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18.
Beck’s body was located in the early morning hours of Sunday morning after emergency crews worked through the night searching for the young man.
The case is being evaluated by the Department of Natural Resources, and department spokesperson Robin Hill says that investigators are still gathering information.
“The investigation is ongoing as of now,” Hill said. “We are going to wait on test results from the coroner’s office, toxicology reports, and things like that before we can make any determinations in the case.”
Investigators say that Beck was at the creek with another male and a female, when the female slipped. After Beck’s male friend went to help the girl, the two looked back and could no longer see Beck.
Emergency crews received assistance from Hamilton County Special Tactics and Rescue Services (STARS), who used an underwater camera system to attempt to find the lost teen.
After hours of searching, Beck’s body was found and divers recovered him approximately 75 yards downstream from where he was last seen.