May 20, 2013 10:32:06 AM
Sarah Fowler - [email protected]
The body of a six-year-old child was pulled from Luxapalila Creek Sunday afternoon following an ATV accident Saturday in which he and his older brother were swept away by the rushing current.
Search teams with Columbus Fire and Rescue located the body of six-year-old Jacob Brown approximately one mile down the river from where the accident occurred at the spillway where Magby Creek joins Luxapalila Creek. The body was recovered just after 5 p.m. Sunday less than 150 yards from the Green Hill Bridge near Pickensville Road in Lowndes County, Lowndes County Coroner Greg Merchant said.
Officials initially reported the child to be 10-year-old Justin Brown but family members identified him as Justin's younger brother, Jacob.
The accident occurred around 2:50 p.m. Saturday as the boys' father attempted to maneuver a six-passenger Polaris ATV across the spillway. Due to the recent heavy rains, the current was swift and caused the ATV to flip over into the water, Fire Chief Kenneth Moore said. Jacob and Justin Brown were thought to be carried away in the current. Search efforts for the boys began immediately, with law enforcement officials swarming the scene.
Due to the swift waters divers could not be used, but search and rescue workers boarded boats equipped with sonar to help locate the children. As the search continued late into Saturday evening, the rescue effort became a recovery effort as the boys were presumed dead.
The search was suspended at midnight and resumed at daylight Sunday. Moore said the search for Justin Brown will continue today.
Both children were students at New Hope Elementary School.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.