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UPDATE: Marion Co. campground empty because of "suspicious death"

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MARION COUNTY, TN (WRCB) - UPDATE:  The Marion County Campground looked like a ghost town according to campers who say the usually popular hot spot appears empty compared to previous years.

The outdoor enthusiasts who usually stay overnight changed their plans to only enjoy the day because they don't feel safe after hearing 50- year-old Shana Leigh from Chickamauga was found floating dead in Nickajack Lake May 17th.

Several campers say the park manager told them, “the woman probably slipped, bumped her head and fell in the water.” That alleged response didn't sit well with those who asked questions and expressed concern over their safety

The TBI says, they are investigating this incident as "a suspicious death" and aren't ruling out foul play.

The Marion County Sheriff’s and the TBI is encouraging anyone with information about this case to come forward. Their number is 423-943-5667


The body found Saturday floating in Nickajack Lake near the U.S. Highway 41 bridge in Marion County has been identified.


Officials tell our news partners at the Chattanooga Times Free Press that the body of Shanna Leigh, 50, of Chickamauga, GA, was found in the lake.



PREVIOUS STORY: The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a body found in Nickajack Lake near Marion County Park.

Sheriff Burnett tells Channel 3 the body of a white female was discovered around 8:00 a.m. Saturday by a fisherman.

The body has been identified, but officials are withholding the name until family members have been notified.

The cause of death is unknown at this time.

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