Forrest County drowning victim identified

Forrest County drowning victim identified
A man who drowned in The Leaf River has been identified. Source: Viewer photo

FORREST COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - The man who drowned in the Leaf River Thursday night has been identified.

According to officials, the victim is 21-year-old Jerome Hunter of Perry County. His body is being sent to Jackson for an autopsy.

The scene: 

Forrest County Sheriff's Department got a call from a fisherman that had launched his boat Thursday afternoon.

"When he called, he said there was a bicycle, cellphone, tennis shoes and stuff in the middle of the boat ramp, he didn't think much of it and went fishing for a while," Forrest County Emergency Management Director Glen Moore said. "When the fisherman came back, the stuff was still there and that's when emergency crews responded."

Moore added that they were able to contact family from the license information left in the wallet on the boat ramp.

"Family said they had not seen him in the last 24 hours," Moore said. "We flew Rescue 7 down the river to see if we could spot him, and then Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries used sonar and located the body."

Members of the Forrest County Sheriff's Department Diver team located recovered the body around 8:30 p.m.