Missing Smithville teen’s body found

Published 12:00 am Sunday, May 24, 2009

The body of a Smithville teenager has been recovered from the Buttahatchie River in Monroe County.

County Coroner Alan Gurley says the body of 14-year-old Taylor Smith was found Friday about a half mile south of where he was last seen May 15 while swimming with friends.

Gurley says an autopsy will be conducted.

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Sheriff’s Department officials say Smith’s friends told them Smith was floating down the river when he went under water near the Cockerham Bridge in south Monroe County and never surfaced.

A volunteer diver with the Itawamba County Dive Team died Wednesday while searching for the body. Monroe County Coroner Alan Gurley says 44-year-old David Sheffield, of Tupelo, was in the water for an hour or two when he surfaced, unable to breathe.