Chattanooga Police identify body found in creek

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) -- Chattanooga Police say a body found weighted down in Chattanooga Creek was that of an unemployed architect.

Authorities released the man's name Thursday, saying it was the body of 48-year-old Todd Staats that two people fishing from a canoe discovered in the water on Aug. 21.

Staats had been laid off during a reorganization at McKee Foods in Collegedale in July, according to the Chattanooga Times Free Press, which quoted a company spokesman.

Staats' body was found with weights strapped to it. More weights were in a drawstring bag on his back.

Police are still investigated the death, which they have termed suspicious.

Staats' profile on a social networking site states he worked at McKee for more than 14 years as cable plant architect.

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(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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