May 18, 2009
The search for the body of a Smithville teenager who is believed to have drowned in the Buttahatchie River Friday afternoon continues this morning.
Taylor Smith, 15, went swimming with three friends Friday and is believed to have drowned in the popular swimming hole.
Authorities have been working tirelessly since learning of the possible drowning in an attempt to recover Smith''s body. The Monroe County Sheriff''s department is being assisted in the search by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries and the Columbus Dive Team, which is part of the Columbus Fire Department. Authorities are using sonar imaging equipment borrowed from DeSoto County and a cadaver-locating dog owned by Kathy Doty.
According to Columbus Fire Chief Ken Moore, the search has focused on an area about 200 feet from the Cockerham Bridge in south Monroe County.
The Columbus Dive Team headed back to Monroe County early this morning to continue the search for the body.
Monroe County Sheriff Andy Hood was also on site joining in the search this morning and could not be reached for comment.
Officials believe Smith was probably dragged under water by the strong current of the river.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by E.E. Pickle Funeral Home in Amory.
james commented at 5/20/2009 4:30:00 AM:
thanks alot for adding monroe county dive team in there from hatley
james commented at 5/20/2009 4:35:00 AM:
its bad when your own county can not recognized there on dive team... that was there every day to dive!!!!!
kathy commented at 5/21/2009 9:14:00 AM:
MY HAT IS OFF TO ALL THOSE INVOLVED IN SEARCHING FOR RECOVERY OF THIS YOUNG MAN. EVERYONE IN THE FIELD MAKES ONE GREAT BIG TEAM WITH ALL THE DIFFERENT RESOURCES EACH SAR TEAM PROVIDES.
I AM VERY PROUD OF ALL THE INDIVIDUALS PUTTING FORTH ALL THIER TIME AND EFFORTS.
WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER WETHER OUR NAME OR TEAM IS NOTICED. HOLD YOUR HEAD UP HIGH AND BE PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE BROUGHT TO THE TABLE. THEN LOWER YOUR HEAD WITH A PRAYER FOR THIS FAMILY.
WE ALL NEED CLOSURE.
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