May 22, 2023

Recovery efforts ongoing for two teens missing in the Chickasawhay River

Therese Apel

File art photo by Dustin Humes on Unsplash

Authorities in Greene County are still searching for two teens who disappeared while swimming in the Chickasawhay River on Saturday.

Greene County Emergency Management Agency Director Trent Robertson told WTOK that the 14-year-old female and 18-year-old male were swimming near the Hwy 42 bridge when they got lost in the current.

It was around 7 p.m. when emergency personnel responded to the river for a call of swimmers in distress. A volunteer firefighter was able to pull one person out of the river, and another was finally able to swim to shore. That’s when search and rescue efforts began for the two missing teens.

At this point, Robertson says the young people have been in the water long enough that the operation is now search and recovery.

“We are hoping to bring some closure to these families,” Robertson told the Meridian TV station.

Robertson said he believes elevated water levels and stronger currents were responsible for the assumed drownings.

The names of the missing teens have not yet been released by authorities, but several missing persons groups on Facebook have made posts naming them by name. Darkhorse Press will wait for the authorities to release the name before we do.

Multiple agencies are assisting Green County with the recovery. According to WTOK, they are:

Forrest County EMA
Jackson County EMA
Clarke County EMA
Harrison County Fire Service
Mississippi Emergency Management Agency
Mississippi Department of Wildlife
Mississippi Department of Corrections
Enterprise Water Rescue Team
Greene County Sheriff Stanley M. McLeod
State Line Mayor Willie Miller

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