LAMAR COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - Emergency crews have recovered the body of an 11-year-old boy who fell off a dock at a Lamar County campground, about 24 hours after he disappeared on Saturday afternoon.
The Lamar County Sheriff said that the body was discovered around 4:15 p.m. by a diver on Sunday, under some vegetation close to the dock.
The boy has been identified as Dakon Quinn, 11, of Jackson, according to Lamar County Deputy Coroner Blake Matherne.
Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said crews searched the lake at Little Black Creek Campground and Park in Lumberton through the night. Sunday morning, Rigel said dive teams were continuing to use sonar equipment to search in a grid-system to "not miss any square foot of the water."
The 11-year-old boy fell into the water off a dock around 4 p.m. Saturday. Rigel said the Sheriff's Department received the emergency call about ten minutes after the boy had not resurfaced.
Rigel said deputies on scene were told the boy was walking on the dock while family and friends were fishing when he fell in. Witnesses at the campground said it appeared the family was having some type of reunion or party under a tent near the lake at the time.
Emergency responders from Lamar County, Forrest County, EMS, and Mississippi Wildlife, Fisheries, & Parks have been on the scene.
The owner of the Little Black Creek Campground told 7 On Your Side he did not have a statement about the incident, but this was "obviously a tragedy."
People were surrounding the area as the search continued Saturday, with many pulling up kayaks or boats to help the search if needed. One camper told WDAM many people jumped in the water near their site to see if they could find the boy.
This is a developing story. Stay with WDAM for the latest updates.