FORREST COUNTY (WDAM) - Authorities have confirmed a drowning in Forrest County near Bennie Burkett Road. The drowning victim is identified as Billy Ray Fairley Jr., 33. Forrest County Coroner Butch Benedict says the cause of death is fresh water drowning, and the body will not be sent for an autopsy.
"The Forrest County Sheriff's Department dive team found Fairley in roughly 9 foot of water in less than 15 minutes of arriving on scene," said Forrest County Emergency Management Director Glen Moore.
Officials added that a group of people were fishing at the private pond at 129 Bennie Burkett Road when the victim fell in.