Brandon teen drowns in Leake County

Published 6:15 pm Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Officials in Leake County have identified the victim of Sunday’s drowning in the Pearl River as 17-year-old Frederick Robby Jones of Brandon.

Sheriff Greg Waggoner said Jones likely was caught in the river’s swift current as he waded out along a popular sandbar.

Waggoner said people at the river attempted to rescue Jones, but they were unsuccessful.

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The sandbar is one mile south of Carthage where Mississippi 35 crosses the river.

Waggoner said the area was developed as a boat landing, but remains a popular swimming hole despite the dangers.