Crews say search for missing Nashville firefighter is a "very strange" case

(Fox 17 News)

UPDATE (3/17/18): The body of missing Nashville Firefighter Jesse Reed has been found in the river in Humphreys County. His body has been sent for autopsy.


Search and rescue crews are still trying to recover a missing Nashville Firefighter from the Tennessee River.

Jesse Reed went missing early Tuesday morning after his truck went into the river in Waverly, Tenn. His truck was found submerged 10 feet underwater on Tuesday night, but Reed has not been found. Divers were headed back to the scene on Thursday to resume search efforts.

Investigators said this is a strange case with a lot of unanswered questions.

“The car was empty," Rob Edwards with the Humphrey’s County Sheriff’s Office said. "The windows were rolled down which was weird. That was strange."

Also puzzling investigators is that Reed’s wife was found alive in a ditch near where her husband's truck went into the river.

”The female said the car was in the water, and that her husband was in it and needs help,” Edwards said.

Investigators plan to pick up the search for Reed's body in the river tomorrow morning. They’re also wondering if the recent passing of Matthew Brooks, his good friend, neighbor, and fellow Nashville Fire Department medic, is the reason Reed may be in danger or worse.

“It’s a very strange case,” Edwards said. "We have been told about their relationship and how they were pretty good friends, but a lot of people say Jesse is not the kind of guy who would take his life."

Nashville Firefighters Union President Mark Young said it’s been a tough week for the Department.

”If you lose anybody, it’s tough but especially two within a few hours of each other," Young said. "It’s kind of strange, I don’t know. All I know is we lost two good guys, and we’re hurting and we’re going to miss them. Hopefully if Jesse’s here, we’ll bring him in and get closure."

The Firefighters Union said there was no foul play in the death of Matthew Brooks.

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