Apparent drowning victim identified

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POWELL VALLEY—The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the death of a man whose body was recovered from Norris Lake Thursday afternoon.

Ralph Ward, 65, of 205 Sharp Lane, LaFollette, is believed to have drowned. His body was spotted floating in a cove off Cliffside Drive near Powell Valley Marina about 3:30 p.m. Thursday, according to reports from the sheriff's office. 

Someone called 911 around 3:30 p.m. to report the body, Aaron Evans, with the department said. Campbell County Emergency Services, LaFollette Rescue Squad and Campbell County Sheriff’s Department were dispatched.

The preliminary death investigation is thought to be a drowning, said Sheriff Robbie Goins. However, the cause of death will be determined after an autopsy by the medical examiner.