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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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