Missing fisherman's body recovered in Pearl River - MSNewsNow.com - Jackson, MS

Missing fisherman's body recovered in Pearl River

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Reservoir Patrol officials started searching for 54-year-old Daniel Boyd around 11:30 Thursday night right after reports came in that the fisherman had fallen into the Pearl River.  Reservoir Fire Department, Wildlife Fisheries and Parks, Rankin County Sheriff's deputies and Emergency Operations personnel all aided in the search that continued all day Friday.  Just before 7:00 a.m. Saturday the search ended when Boyd's body was found.

"We don't see anything at this point that makes us think there was any foul play involved.  However we don't make the final determination until we get the autopsy report back," said Reservoir Patrol Chief Perry Waggener.

Chief Waggener said Boyd was not a proficient swimmer, but was not a stranger to the water. The Jackson man had been bank fishing on the Ross Barnett Reservoir location for about thirty years.

"As to how he went in, we're really not sure.  We do know that someone heard a splash and responded to him quickly, but were not able to recover him," said Chief Waggener.

The search proved to be difficult.  The waters of the Pearl River just below the Ross Barnett Reservoir dam were too dangerous for divers to navigate.

"There was a lot of debris.  There's a lot of old fishing lines of 50 years of people fishing down there with hooks so it is just not a good environment for divers," said Chief Waggener.

Boyd's death remained under investigation pending the results of an autopsy.


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