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Body of young boy found in creek

Reported by: Wayne Hereford
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Updated: 5/20/2013 6:41 am
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA)-- Authorities have recovered the body of a 6-year-old boy who apparently drowned after an all-terrain vehicle overturned in a creek Saturday.

Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant says Jacob Brown's body was found Sunday afternoon about a mile south of where the accident occurred.

The search for the other missing boy continued Sunday afternoon in and around the Luxapalila Creek. Helicopters flew over head and locals on four-wheelers said they were assisting in the search as well.

"We've been helping since last night. Since I got off work, I've been here," said Jarrett Winston of Columbus.

The young brothers went missing when aurhtorities say six people were riding an ATV.

According to police, the two boys, their father, and three other people were crossing a spillway when a strong current flipped the vehicle.

The current swept the boys into a creek that is up to 12 feet deep.

Winsston knows the two boys and says crossing the creek on all terrain vehicles is not that unusual.

"He's done it a thousand times. I've done it. Everybody's done it a thousand times. And it was just a bad accident," said Winston.

"We will be here until dark. And then we will reasses and decide what our next operational period will be," said Michael Gibson of the Columbus Fire Department.

A local church and the American Red Cross are on hand supplying the searchers with water and food.

"We bought food and water and drinks. And, of course one of our local grocery stores here has been a tremendous help. The pizza place has given out two or three different times. Just the community coming together which is what its all about in my opinion," said Kenny Gardner of the Columbus Christian Center.

The coroner says an autopsy is being scheduled. 

The Columbus Fire and Water Rescue Team, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fishersies and Parks, Columbus Police Department, and Lowndes County Sheriff's Department are assisting in the search.
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