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Body of missing Lebanon police officer found in creek

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Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Bowen was found in Dry Creek after the truck he was driving crashed into the flooded creek. (Photo: Lebanon Police Department) Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Bowen was found in Dry Creek after the truck he was driving crashed into the flooded creek. (Photo: Lebanon Police Department)
A memorial has been set up for the Lebanon officer who crashed into the creek on Thursday. (WSMV) A memorial has been set up for the Lebanon officer who crashed into the creek on Thursday. (WSMV)
The truck of a Lebanon police officer was found overturned in Dry Creek in Dowelltown. (Photo: WJLE Radio) The truck of a Lebanon police officer was found overturned in Dry Creek in Dowelltown. (Photo: WJLE Radio)
DOWELLTOWN, TN (WSMV) -

The body of a Lebanon police officer was recovered after the truck he was driving crashed into a flooded creek on Thursday in DeKalb County.

Joseph Bowen, 28, was driving to his DeKalb County home from work Thursday morning when his 2008 Chevy Silverado left Highway 70 and went down a rocky embankment before hitting a large tree and plunging into Dry Creek, according to DeKalb County Sheriff Patrick Ray.

The truck was carried a few feet downstream and came to rest partially submerged on its passenger side.

When Bowen didn’t arrive home from working the overnight shift in Lebanon, family members became concerns and contacted authorities.

Officers from Wilson County and DeKalb County law enforcement agencies searched the road from Lebanon to Smithville searching for Bowen.

Authorities tracked the last ping from Bowen’s cell phone to the area of Nashville Highway (Highway 70) and Goose Creek Road. The phone was last used at 7:29 a.m.

The search parties located the truck in the creek and Bowen’s body was found in the creek several hundred yards from where his truck was located.

“Joe was a great public servant, but more importantly, an amazing family man and father,” said Lebanon Police Chief Mike Justice in a news release. “This tragedy can only be described as impactful, as it will touch the lives of many, just as Joe had touched so many lives with his kindness.”

Bowen is a third-generation law enforcement officer. His father Dwayne and grandfather also served as officers.

Bowen has worked five years for the Lebanon Police Department. He was previously a correctional officer and deputy in DeKalb County.

“Joe Bowen and his family have been true servants to this county,” said Ray. “Joe’s wife Kim is a 911 dispatcher for DeKalb County. His father, Dwayne, was a former deputy in DeKalb County before leaving to go to the Lebanon Police Department. Joe has served as a volunteer fireman for DeKalb 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.”

The Tennessee Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. Bowen’s body has been taken to the state medical examiner’s office for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

Bowen’s funeral arrangements are to be announced.

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