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Body of missing teen found

Jake Old • Jul 12, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Rescue officials found the body of Jaquan Alexander Rodriguez, a Nashville teenager who jumped from a bluff at the end of Vanderbilt Road Monday and never resurfaced.  

According to Sheriff Robert Bryan, Rodriguez, 17, was with a group of other teenagers from Nashville. He jumped in at the same time as others, but he was the only one to not reappear after jumping. The others in the group called for help.

“It was a group of kids jumping off that particular bluff, and they were able to get back out to the nearest roadway to call for help,” Bryan said.

Rodriguez jumped into 40 ft. deep water, and where he jumped in was an active river channel, Bryan said.

“It’s dangerous when you jump into any kind of water and don’t know what’s under the surface,” Bryan said. “This is a moving waterway, and jumping into a river channel with constantly moving water, you never know what kind of debris or anything else might be under the surface.”

In addition to Sheriff’s deputies, Wilson County Emergency Management Agency, Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency and Hendersonville Fire Department helped with the rescue efforts.

Officials began searching for the body Monday evening, but ended the search for the night when the sun went down and it was no longer safe to continue searching.

The body was found at about 10:30 a.m. Tuesday and was sent to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy shortly thereafter. Until the autopsy results are received, it is difficult to know what caused the death, Bryan said. 

The kids had to cross private property to get to the bluff where they jumped, Bryan said.

“It’s a very dangerous thing to do,” Bryan said. “I know kids feel invincible sometimes. They shouldn’t have been out there.”

 

 

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