Body of missing fisherman recovered
HICKMAN COUNTY, Ky. — It was a worker on a barge, passing through the Mississippi River that first noticed what crews had spent days looking for.
Sheriff Mark Green was the first to get the call shortly after 11:30 Wednesday night alerting him to a possible drowning.
"I'm not going to tell you I didn't have a tear in my eye last night thinking this is somebody's parent or brother," he remembered Thursday.
Miles away, in Pulaski County, that family, the family of Robert Goins, 43, was waiting.
On Monday, Goins' aunt, Myra Hargrove, told Local 6, "We're just praying they'll find him."
Her nephew's boat had been discovered turning circles near Mound City Sunday night. On Wednesday night, 23 miles downstream near Columbus, his body was recovered.
It was a tattoo on his back- angel wings wrapped around a heart- that identified the father of two.
The wait was over, but the family's faith, Myra Hargrove said earlier in the week was just beginning, "He knows best and (God) has a plan for us all."
On Thursday the family said they were devastated by the news. But, they said, they were overwhelmed bu the kindness shown to them by rescue crews and volunteers during the past few days.
Goins will undergo an autopsy in Louisville to determine his exact manner of death. It could be up to six weeks before results are known.