Missing Man on Center Hill Lake Identified as Dr. William Coltharp of Nashville

October 3, 2011
by: 
Dwayne Page
DeKalb Rescue Squad Conducting Dragging Operations
Dr. William Coltharp -WKRN TV Photo

A search is underway in the Hurricane bridge area on Center Hill lake for a Nashville physician who reportedly went kayaking Sunday.

The man has been identified as 55 year old Dr. William Coltharp, a cardiothoracic surgeon at St. Thomas Hospital in Nashville.

Central dispatch received the call at 1:19 a.m. Monday morning from the man's wife who reported that she has not heard from her husband since Sunday at around 6:00 p.m. He apparently put in on the lake at Hurricane on Sunday afternoon. His SUV was found parked at the Hurricane bridge boat ramp. An overturned kayak was found about a mile downstream from there.

Members of the DeKalb County Rescue Squad, TWRA, Corps of Engineers, DeKalb County Volunteer Fire Department and officers of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department are all on the scene. Some are on the lake. Others are conducting a ground search.

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