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Authorities identify drowning victim

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg Police are investigating the presumed drowning of Savannah Smith, a student at USM.

Authorities said they received reports of a body at the bottom of a pool around 10 a.m. at The Cottages near the 900 block of Beverly Hills Drive. 

The body was found by a manager who saw an unusual amount of trash in the pool.

Hattiesburg Police said the victim appeared to be a young white female, and at this point they are not sure exactly how the victim drowned or whether the victim is a resident of The Cottages.

She was wearing a bathing suit, and based on security camera footage, it is assumed she drowned around 2 a.m. Tuesday.

The pool has been drained and closed.

Smith was a journalism student at Southern Miss, and a 2007 graduate of Presbyterian Christian high school.

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