Video: 2nd Body Found, Investigation Continues
COLUMBUS, Miss. (WCBI) – The search for the second victim in a weekend drowning has come to a close. Search teams Tuesday afternoon recovered the body of 10 year old Justin Brown near the Greenbriar Bridge over the Luxapalila Creek. The search has been going since Saturday afternoon when an ATV driven by his father slipped from a spillway into the creek. Several people were on the ATV including Justin Brown’s 6 year old brother Jacob who also drowned. His body was recovered Sunday afternoon.
A volunteer riding a three-wheeler along the banks of the Lux apparently spotted the victim floating in water about a quarter of a mile from Greenbrier Bridge.
That volunteer tells WCBI News, at one point in the past, the Brown Family was his neighbor.
“Another fellow came up in a truck, I asked him if he had any binoculars and me and him followed him down the river there for probably another quarter of a mile. And then he jumped in and got him out,” said Dennis Irvin, Volunteer.
“We had just today completed autopsies of Jacob so we’ll go back tomorrow and complete that. And we’ll know all that we can know,” said Greg Merchant, Lowndes County Coroner.
Now the attention turns to whether any charges might be filed against the childre’ns father Billy Brown. Brown was driving the ATV when it plunged into the creek. Columbus Police Chief Selvain McQueen says blood alcohol tests taken after the accident have not been returned, but when the results from the state crime lab are back, they will remain sealed because it is an ongoing investigation.
Charges could range anywhere from reckless endangerment to manslaughter if detectives believe the accident was criminal. No time frame on the decision on charges has been made.