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Update: Sheriff says Hampton pond drowning victim had fled after altercation with deputy

May 28th, 2014 4:23 pm by John Thompson

Update: Sheriff says Hampton pond drowning victim had fled after altercation with deputy

Carter County Sheriff's Office investigation off Coleman Road in Hampton. (Contributed/CCSO via Twitter)

HAMPTON — The body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from a muddy, murky farm pond at 121 Coleman Road on Wednesday morning. The pasture is off Rittertown Road. Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the body had no visible signs of foul play. An autopsy has been ordered.

The teen was identified as Colton Oakes of Williams Street in Hampton.

Mathes said the young man had been involved in an altercation on nearby Vaughn Road at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy Michael Freeman had responded to that incident and gotten into an altercation with the young man. Freeman said the man ran from the scene. Mathes speculated Oakes may have taken a shortcut through the pasture that surrounded the pond.

At 5:30 p.m., Lt. Derrick Hamm and Deputy Tylor Johnson responded to 114 Coleman Crumley Road, where they spoke with Doyle Coleman. The deputies reported Coleman was in his pasture when he noticed several items lying beside a cattle pond. Coleman took them to the pond, where they recovered a blue I-Phone5, a pair of Adidas running shoes, a pair of black socks, a pair of gray basketball shorts and a brown leather wallet, which contained Oakes’ identification.

The deputies also found a large divot in the mud at the edge of the pond that appeared to be a human left foot print.

After collecting the items, the officers went to the residence indicated on the identification in the wallet. They talked with the man’s mother and turned the possessions they had found over to her.

By this time, it was getting dark and further search efforts with the Carter County Rescue Squad were arranged for Wednesday morning, leading to the discovery of Oakes’ body.

Neighbors said the pond had never been used as a swimming hole. Mathes called it “muddy and murky” and said the muddy bottom could hold a body tightly. He said even if Oakes had been with an accomplice, it would have been difficult to get out of the muddy trap, and certainly it was nearly impossible for a young man without any help.

Mathes said he did not know why the young man would choose to go into the dank, murky water in the middle of a large pasture.

Earlier update posted at 2:23 p.m.:

UPDATE — Carter County authorities have released the name of a teen found dead in a muddy Hampton pond on Wednesday.

The body of Colton Oakes, 19, of Williams Street in Hampton, was recovered from the murky farm pond at 121 Coleman Road on Wednesday morning. The pasture is off Rittertown Road.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they become available.

HAMPTON — The body of a 19-year-old man was recovered from a muddy, murky farm pond at 121 Coleman Road on Wednesday morning. The pasture is off Rittertown Road.

Carter County Sheriff Chris Mathes said the body had no visible signs of foul play. An autopsy has been ordered.

The identity of the young man has not yet been released by the sheriff’s department. Mathes said the young man had previously been involved in an altercation on nearby Vaughn Road at 6 a.m. Tuesday. Deputy Michael Freeman had responded to that incident and got into an altercation with the young man. Freeman said the man ran from the scene. Mathes speculated the man may have taken a short cut through the pasture that surrounded the pond.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they become available.

HAMPTON — According to Sheriff Chris Mathes, the Carter County Sheriff's Office and Emergency Medical Services are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man found in a pond located off Coleman Road in Hampton.

The Sheriff's Office reported the incident on Twitter.

Keep visiting JohnsonCityPress.com for details as they become available.

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