Body of Lebanon Police Officer Found in DeKalb County Creek

Body of Lebanon Police Officer Found in DeKalb County Creek

Brittany Lynch, Journalist


DEKALB COUNTY, T.N.,— The body of  a Lebanon police officer, who was reported missing by his wife, was found by search teams in a flooded creek in DeKalb county.


Joseph Bowen was traveling on his way home from work when he went missing. Bowen’s wife  called 911 emergency dispatch close to 6 AM on Thursday after her husband never made it home.


Search team was sent out to a specific area after Bowen’s cell phone pings in the area of Nashville Highway and Goose Creek Road. Search team spotted a truck partially submerged on it’s passenger side in Dry Creek and a body was spotted floating several hundred yards downstream. Sadly, it was later revealed that it was Bowen and his 2008 Chevrolet Silverado truck that the search team had found.


According to the reports, that while driving on Highway 70 Bowen‘s truck had left the highway and traveled down the embankment. The truck then hit a tree and fell into the flooded creek.


The Lebanon Police Department shared the tragic news on their Facebook page, “The Lebanon Police Department is asking for prayers as we mourn the loss of one of our officers. 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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