Body of missing teen found on Mill Creek bank

Wednesday, May 12, 2010 at 3:54pm
Staff reports

A team of volunteers discovered a body along Mill Creek near Massman Drive just before noon on Wednesday, according to one of the volunteers.

The body — found in a remote area of Mill Creek inaccessible due to floodwaters until Monday — is believed to be that of Daniel Brown, according to both the volunteer and an official with the fire department. The volunteers — a group of five — had been out since 9 a.m. with the family of the missing 18-year-old.

The college student disappeared last Sunday, after he and two friends — who had lashed together pool rafts and attempted to float along the flooding creek — were thrown into the water when their makeshift boat broke apart. The other two were pulled from the water.

Teams have been performing an intensive search, which included the private farm property off Massman Drive since that time, which is a heavily eroded area covered in trees and brush.

An off-duty Nashville Fire Department captain, volunteering his time to the search efforts, located the victim at 11:40 a.m. Firefighters brought the victim out of the creek area by rappelling up a 30-foot bluff.

Search and recovery teams from the Mill Creek operation will now join in the continued search along the Harpeth River for another man missing from last week’s floods. Danny Tomlinson, 39, was last seen inside a car last Saturday night on Newsome Station Road in Bellevue. His car was later recovered.