Grainger County officials confirm drowning at Cherokee Lake


RUTLEDGE, Tenn. (WATE) – Grainger County authorities recovered a drowning victim on Monday after a man went missing while swimming at Cherokee Lake on Sunday.

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Authorities in Grainger County recovered the body of Victor Baltzor Perez, 20, just after 9 a.m. Monday. Perez was reported missing on Sunday.

Dispatch responded to a report of someone going underwater while swimming and not resurfacing at the Olen Marshall Lake Access just after 4 p.m. Sunday.

Witnesses reported two brothers were swimming when one went under and failed to resurface.

Recovery operations began and continued until 8:30 p.m. The search was resumed at 8 a.m. Monday.

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