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NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -
There's a new twist in the case of a missing Nashville heart surgeon whose kayak was found nearly two years ago floating on Center Hill Lake.
Dr. William Coltharp was last seen Oct. 2, 2011, when the DeKalb County sheriff said reliable witnesses saw a man matching Coltharp's description load a cinder block into the kayak before paddling onto the lake.
Authorities later recovered Coltharp's kayak with a life jacket and laptop computer inside, along with an empty gun case located under some nearby rocks, but his body never surfaced and search crews could never locate him.
Now, the doctor's life insurance company is denying that he's dead.
Coltharp's wife, Nicole, filed a court motion to declare her husband dead, in order to receive his life insurance.
But court records obtained by the Channel 4 I-Team show the insurance company stating, "Mass Mutual denies that William is deceased."
"In 37 years of practice, I've never heard of this situation before," said attorney Randall Kinnard.
Kinnard is not involved in the dispute over William Coltharp's life insurance, but he is suing Coltharp's conservator and medical associates in a malpractice case.
They, too, are in a difficult situation.
All anyone knows is that Dr. Coltharp hasn't been seen since that day in October.
"He was declared missing on Oct. 3, and that is the best that anybody knows," Kinnard said.
In asking for the life insurance money, Nicole Coltharp's attorney wrote that there is no evidence that he is alive - that his passport remains in the family safe and no monies are missing from Dr. Coltharp's account.
The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation examined the laptop found in the lake and has since sent it back to the DeKalb County Sheriff's Office.
Officials couldn't comment on what was found on the computer, saying this is still a missing person's case.
Neither Nicole Coltharp's attorney, nor the attorney representing Mass Mutual would comment for this story.
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Sunday, August 31 2014 4:12 PM EDT2014-08-31 20:12:10 GMT
CONWAY, SC (WMBF) – Dozens of videos are all over Twitter from parties held at Coastal Carolina University. Many of the posts lead back to a group called I'm Shmacked. It makes videos at universitiesMore >>
Dozens of videos are all over social media from parties held at Coastal Carolina University.More >>
Friday, August 29 2014 12:21 PM EDT2014-08-29 16:21:29 GMT
An Alexander County woman is facing charges after deputies say she molested a four-year-old at a church while services were happening. According to the Alexander County Sheriff's Office, 52-year-old CarolMore >>
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Monday, September 1 2014 10:35 PM EDT2014-09-02 02:35:14 GMT
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.Prices are about $3.11 in the area on Labor Day, which, when compared toMore >>
You've likely noticed a spike in gas prices across the Midlands. They have jumped almost 15 cents after a steady drop nationwide.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 8:32 PM EDT2014-09-02 00:32:26 GMT
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Over 4,000 outages have been reported across the Midlands according to SCE&G.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 7:54 PM EDT2014-09-01 23:54:12 GMT
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Monday, September 1 2014 6:18 PM EDT2014-09-01 22:18:34 GMT
Under a bright Carolina sun, citizens across the state enjoy going out and making a few waves on the lakes. Some like Johnathan Crossland enjoy fishing as a method of recreation and relaxation for a while.More >>
Boaters and law enforcement officials provide safety advice when making waves on the lakes.More >>
Monday, September 1 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-09-01 19:55:16 GMT
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing. Among those heroes are the thousands of troops who brought Hitler's EuropeMore >>
As America's population of World War II veterans continues to shrink, respect for their role in history appears to be growing.More >>