Search continues in Buttahatchie River for missing teen

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.