Body of Missing Tennessee Police Officer Found in Creek

March 2, 2018 Updated: March 2, 2018

The body of a missing police officer in was found in Tennessee late on March 1.

The body of Joseph Bowen, a Lebanon police officer, was discovered in a flooded creek in DeKalb County.

A Tennessee Highway Patrol trooper recovered Bowen’s body after an air and ground search of the area, reported WBIR.

Bowen’s overturned truck was found in Dry Creek.

Bowen, 28, was driving home from work in the 2008 Chevy Silverado when the truck left Highway 70 and plunged down a rocky embankment, reported WJLE.

The truck then hit a tree and went into Dry Creek, being carried a few feet downstream and coming to rest partially submerged.

The search teams included members of the Lebanon Police Department, Wilson County Sheriff’s Department, Alexandria Police Department, and DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department.

Other agencies assisted including the DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department & Rescue and DeKalb Emergency Management Agency.

Bowen worked for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department before becoming a police officer in Lebanon.

“Joe Bowen and his family have been true servants to this county. Joe was much more than an employee to me. He was a true friend. His personal life and work ethics were a true example of what every officer should be like. My department, along with other emergency agencies in the county, mourn his loss and will provide his family for whatever support they need,” Sheriff Patrick Ray said, reported WJLE.

The Lebanon Police Department released a statement via Facebook.

“The Lebanon Police Department is asking for prayers as we mourn the loss of one of our officers,” the department stated.

“Veteran Officer Joe Bowen was recovered from the Smith Fork Creek, after his vehicle ran off the roadway earlier today. The investigation is pending. Officer Bowen leaves behind a wife, 2 children, and a family that loved him, both by blood and in blue.”


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