UPDATE: The body of 26-year-old Robert “DJ” Young from Rossville, GA was recovered from Chickamauga Creek just before 1:00 p.m. EDT. TWRA Officers along with STARS Rescue Service, East Ridge Fire, Chattanooga Fire and Chattanooga Police searched last evening and today after Young was reported missing.
Authorities are searching for a missing Rossville man who didn’t return from a kayaking trip on South Chickamauga Creek near Camp Jordan.
According to East Ridge police, a woman reported she dropped off her boyfriend, 26-year-old Robert “DJ” Young, for a kayaking trip at Camp Jordan on Saturday morning at about 9 a.m. The man did not return.
According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, boaters in the creek reported an overturned kayak to authorities at about 11 a.m. on Saturday morning. The kayak was about 300 yards from the canoe launch in Camp Jordan Park.
Officials searched the area on Saturday until suspending it at 1 a.m. on Sunday morning.
East Ridge Fire Chief Mike Williams said the search for Young continued on Sunday morning commencing at 9 a.m. A command post has been set up at Camp Jordan Park.
Chief Williams said the main search area is within the city limits of Chattanooga, and the Chattanooga Fire Department and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are leading the effort to find Young.
According to the TWRA, water levels are low on the creek which will help search efforts. Water levels fluctuate between two and nine-feet deep along the search area, officials said.