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The deputy patrol vehicle and the body of a woman he allegedly arrested were recovered from the river

The body of a Tennessee deputy, who disappeared after making an arrest, has been recovered after his patrol car was found underwater.

The Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) in Tennessee confirmed in a Facebook post that the body of 35-year-old Deputy Robert "R.J." Leonard had been found on Thursday evening.

"His remains are currently being escorted to the Knoxville Regional Medical Examiner’s Office by motor units with the HCSO, Tennessee Highway Patrol, and the Chattanooga Police Department," police said.

Leonard, a rookie on the force, responded to a report of a man and woman fighting on a bridge shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday and took the woman into custody, according to Meigs County District Attorney Russell Johnson.

Authorities began searching for the deputy after he failed to respond to a status check.

Johnson said that one of Leonard's last communications was a text to his wife that said, "Arrest."

"His wife texted back and said, 'That's good' or 'That's great,'" Johnson reported during a press briefing. "We know that his phone did not, evidently, receive that text."


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