Bay St. Louis man identified as victim of Wolf River drowning

Crews responded Thursday to Bells Ferry Road over the Wolf River after it was reported that...
Crews responded Thursday to Bells Ferry Road over the Wolf River after it was reported that someone went underwater and did not resurface.(WLOX)
Updated: Jul. 17, 2020 at 11:40 AM CDT
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HARRISON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - The body of a man who authorities say drowned on Thursday in the Wolf River has been recovered.

Recovery crews were out early Friday morning when they found the man’s body, said Harrison County Fire Chief Pat Sullivan.

Family members confirmed that the drowning victim is Miles Spear, 24 of Bay St. Louis.

Crews responded around 4 p.m. Thursday to Bells Ferry Bridge over the Wolf River after friends of the victim reported that he went underwater and did not resurface.

The group of five told authorities they were swimming and all got caught up in a strong current. Spear was last seen going under the water near Bells Ferry Bridge.

Recovery attempts began immediately and went into the night.

Sheriff Troy Peterson said the visibility was near zero due to mud and recent rain.

After calling the search off for the night, recovery crews resumed their efforts Friday morning at 6 a.m. Spear’s body was found at 7:05 a.m. approximately 150 yards downriver from the bridge, said authorities.

The swimming hole at the Wolf River was the spot of another drowning a little over a year ago when recent high school graduate Peyton Henson was pulled under the water by strong currents while swimming with a friend near Bells Ferry Bridge.

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