Day 3: Crews search for missing Nashville firefighter in Tennessee River

(FOX 17 News/Nashville Fire Department)

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.


As crews searched for a missing Nashville firefighter in the Tennessee River on Thursday, investigators said there are still many unanswered questions.

Jesse Reed has been missing since early Tuesday morning. The Humphrey's County Sheriff's Office said his wife was found alive in a ditch near where her husband's truck went into the water in Waverly, Tennessee.

Investigators said they're puzzled by the fact that the truck's windows were rolled down, which would make the vehicle sink faster once it hit water. Reed’s wife is co-operating with detectives, according to the HCSO.

Hours before the truck went into the water, Nashville Fire Department Medic Matthew Brooks was found dead in his home. Reed and Brooks were good friends, neighbors and coworkers at the NFD. Foul play is not suspected in Brooks' death.

“Jesse was a Marine, served our country and came home and decided to work in a life of public service," said Rob Edward with the HCSO. "He's been exposed to a lot of things, a lot of trauma in his life, and most of the time we can handle that. So hopefully the loss of life from a friend didn't effect him that way hopefully."

Brooks and Reed lived on the same street in Pegram. Brooks' uncle Jeff Carter said he has no knowledge of his nephew and Brooks’ friendship, doubting if there was even one at all.

“I think it was pure coincidence that they both had to have some kind of tragic accident," Carter said. "Something happened close together on the same day."

When asked about his nephew's life, Carter, who is a retired Nashville firefighter got choked up.

”It was unexpected," Carter said. "Matt was a smart, talented young man, joyful, always happy, made everybody laughed. We laughed, had a good time with each other. He was just a good guy to know."

Reed's truck was found submerged 10 feet underwater on Tuesday night, but Reed has still not been found. Crews plan to head back to the scene on Friday to resume search efforts.

Crews from the Nashville Fire Department, TEMA and the Nashville Emergency Operations Center have been assisting in search efforts for Reed.

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