NEWPORT, Tenn. (WATE) — A body found by people rafting in the Pigeon River on Saturday in Cocke County has been identified, according to Cocke County Sheriff C.J. Ball.

The body has been identified as Kenneth Earl Rathbone, 61.

An investigation is ongoing as to Rathbone’s cause of death and how he wound up in the river, Ball said.

Deputies with the Cocke County Sheriff’s Office were called to Waterville Road around 12:30 p.m. Saturday near the 451-mile marker after rafters reported seeing a body in the river.

The Cocke County Swift Water Team was requested to search the area. The crew found the body of a male who was deceased, Ball said.

The body has been taken by the Newport Rescue Squad to the Newport Medical Center before transport to the Knoxville Forensic Center for an autopsy.

Ball said they found that the death was not related to a rafting incident from any of the rafting companies along the river.

The sheriff’s office released the name of the deceased once family had been notified.