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Search Continues For Missing Doctor

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SMITHVILLE, Tenn. – Emergency crews spent another day searching for a missing Nashville doctor who disappeared Sunday evening while kayaking in Center Hill Lake.

55-year- old Dr. William Coltharp, a cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville, was kayaking at Center Hill Lake in DeKalb County, near Hurricane Bridge.

Crews search for 17 hours Monday and continued until dark Tuesday.

When Dr. Coltharp did not return home Sunday night, his wife came to Center Hill Lake to look for him. The search officially started just before 2:00 a.m Monday at the Hurricane Bridge Recreation Area. The only clues crews found came early on in their search.

"Around 4 or 5 o'clock this morning we found the kayak on the water floating, no one in it, it was overturned. We found the life jacket there beside it," said Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency officer Mike Beaty.

Tuesday rescue crews used side-scan sonar, underwater cameras, and drug the water in hopes of finding the doctor.

Emergency crews plan to continue their search Wednesday.

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