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Body found in City Lake identified as Dickson authorities continue investigation

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Posted at 3:14 PM, Sep 14, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-15 18:43:38-04

DICKSON, Tenn. (WTVF)  — Dickson Police Department officers are investigating the finding of a dead body Wednesday morning in City Lake.

DPD Assistant Chief Seth Lyles said a visitor to City Lake on Beasley Drive reported seeing what appeared to be a body not far from the fishing pier in the lake.

After the report, the Dickson Fire Department water rescue team retrieved the body. The victim has been identified as 44-year-old Shane Baker.

Lyles said the body will go to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to try to determine a potential cause of death.

Investigators remained on the scene until midday, searching the lake banks for any evidence connected to the body or how it came to be in the lake.

Lyles said the current Baker & Dickson Parks and Recreation Department Ranger Chris McClellan, a retired Tennessee Highway Patrol officer, had been in contact with DPD due to an unrelated investigation in the lake area spanning the past few months. McLellan was able to provide a lead that helped DPD investigators identify the body based on the victim's tattoos.

Investigators believe Baker was staying in the Dickson area recently, though his last known address is in Holladay, Tennessee.

Lyles commented Thursday that he is encouraging anyone who made contact with Baker in the weeks preceding his death to contact Detective Jeff Ball at 615-441-9515.