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Covington man's body found near muni airport

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COVINGTON, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Two days after he was reported missing, the Tipton County Sheriff said they have located the body of Michael Holland, Jr., of Covington.

Sheriff J.T. ‘Pancho' Chumley said his department believes Mr. Holland was involved in a "tragic traffic crash."

The 32-year-old's body was recovered late Friday afternoon just before 6 p.m., near the Covington Municipal Airport, the sheriff's office said. His body was recovered shortly after search crews found his motorcycle.

Mr. Holland did not report for work at the Tennessee Valley Authority on Wednesday.

According the sheriff, search teams were called to a bridge located on Antioch Cotton Lake Road in the northeastern part of the county where search teams indicated there were marks consistent with a motorcycle skidding off the roadway.

Search crews said Mr. Holland's motorcycle was found submerged. Rescue personnel later located his body approximately 750 feet submerged downstream.

The Tennessee Highway Patrol said it is conducting the traffic crash investigation.

"There does not appear to be any foul play but a tragic traffic crash," Sheriff Chumley said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Holland family and the many co-workers of the TVA family who worked with Michael. We had so many volunteers, rescue squad personnel, friends and family who searched tirelessly since Wednesday. I want to personnel thank each of them for their service to the Charleston community and Tipton County."  

Tipton County Medical Examiner Dr. Buffy Cook was dispatched to the discovery site and requested an autopsy to be conducted at the Regional Forensic Center, which is standard protocol in a traffic fatality investigation.

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