Friends Try to Piece Together Lauren Agee's Final Hours
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By Sabrina Hall
HENDERSONVILLE, Tenn. -- There are new developments about a woman found dead in Center Hill Lake. We're learning more about just how dangerous the area is where Lauren Agee and her friends camped. Dangerous or not, some are wondering if something sinister happened to the 21-year-old.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation says it's not investigating this Agee's death as a crime. The DeKalb County sheriff's Department says it's waiting on autopsy results before making an assumption about how Agee died.
Tragedy and mystery surround the death of a young woman remembered for her laugh.
"It was just something that we thought that was fun and it turned out to be a nightmare," said Samantha Arnold, Agee's friend.
Agee and a small group of friends camped in hammocks on a cliff overlooking the lake. Friends say Lauren's hammock was at the very edge.
"I asked her several times to move hammock," said Arnold. "She told me she was comfortable and that she liked the view."
Arnold only camped there Friday night. Saturday night, friend Hannah Palmer says Agee feel asleep in her hammock at 2am but when Palmer woke up Sunday she says Agee was gone.
Some question why Palmer and the two young men with her didn't alert police. Palmer tells FOX 17 she didn't call police because somebody told her Agee later went back to the marina bar and might have slept on a houseboat.
A fisherman found Agee's body at 4:45 p.m.
Palmer says the group had been at the lake for Wake Fest and figured Agee had just gone off to have fun.
Some find the explanation suspicious but others like Nic Morris, who has a boat at the Pates Ford Marina, say they knew one day this would happen.
"You could easily see how it could happen with or without alcohol," said Morris. "They'll have a hammock basically a few feet from a 30 foot cliff."
He says he's sees this cliff camping often and knew tears were inevitable.
"I'm going to miss her advice," said Arnold. "I'm going to miss your cuddles. I just want people to remember how brilliant and smart and loving and how amazing she was because she really was."
Friends are holding a fundraiser at The Rudder restaurant in Hendersonville Wednesday night 6pm for a scholarship to be named after her. The silent auction is accepting donations.
Agee's funeral will be held Friday.