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2nd Watauga River body identified as missing man

John Thompson • Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 6:12 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Authorities have identified a man whose body was found in the Watauga River last weekend as a Carter County resident who had been missing for months.

Carter County Sheriff Dexter Lunceford said Thursday the man was Bobby Mobley, 34, who resided in the Lynn Valley community. Mobley had been missing since before Christmas.

Mobley’s mother reported him missing on Dec. 27. She said he had not been seen since Dec. 22.

The sheriff said no foul play was suspected.

Mobley’s body was discovered Sunday afternoon in the river near Sycamore Shoals Drive. Deputies were called to investigate around 1:15 p.m. It was found by a group of boys fishing in the river.

At that time, deputies said they believed the body had been in the river for "some time." The body was sent to East Tennessee State University's Quillen College of Medicine for an autopsy.

Investigators were still working Thursday to establish a cause of death.

Mobley’s body was the second one found in the Watauga River within a month’s time. The body of Jacob Hampton was found along Riverside Drive in Elizabethton on March 29.

Lunceford said there appeared to be no connection between the two deaths.

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