Kentucky State Police have identified the body found in the Cumberland River after an autopsy.
Johnny Carnes, 42, or Pineville was last seen February 6. He was walking on the railroad tracks between Belcher Road and Dorton Branch in the Pineville community of Bell County.
Police found Carnes’ body wearing the same camouflage boots he was wearing when he went missing.
Officials had conducted a missing person investigation at the time of Carnes’ disappearance.
The medical examiner says the cause of death is apparent drowning, proving earlier statements made by police to be true.
“The likelihood of this individual floating in the river for some time is very likely,” Trooper Shane Jacobs said.
People camping near the site, much like Brian Broughton, say they are not surprised by the possible drowning, saying the current often becomes too swift for swimmers to withstand.
“There are some deep holes that you could get sucked into, and get sucked under and drown real easily,” Broughton said.