A Decatur Police spokesman said investigators have determined the identity of a man whose body was found Wednesday night floating in the Tennessee River in the Limestone County jurisdiction area.
The body is that of James Otis Robinson Jr., 40, of Decatur. Family members who saw reports of the recovered body on television Wednesday thought the description matched Robinson’s. Members of the family went to Riverwalk Marina, near where the body was discovered, and found Robinson’s car there and contacted Decatur Police, who were investigating the death and requested the public’s help in identifying the man.
Decatur Police found information in the car that helped identify Robinson, according to Sgt. George Silvestri. In addition, the Alabama Department of Forensic Services in Huntsville performed an autopsy Thursday morning.
“During the autopsy, numerous scars and tattoos were found that matched the scars and tattoos that were known to be on the family member,” Silvestri said.
The death was ruled a suicide. “The autopsy revealed that Robinson's body had no signs of trauma or foul play,” he said. “It revealed that he died from drowning.”
The body was initially spotted at about 6:26 p.m. Wednesday by boater who was headed toward Riverwalk Marina on the north side of the river near the railroad bridge.
Members of the Morgan County Rescue Squad and Decatur Fire and Rescue recovered the body and Limestone County Coroner Mike West was called to the scene. West said Friday morning it appeared the man fell from the railroad bridge.
Areas in the river to the north of the center of the trestle are considered Limestone County jurisdiction, West said.