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Coroner completes autopsy of man pulled from Pearl River

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RANKIN COUNTY, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth says the autopsy for a man, whose body was pulled from the Pearl River on Thursday, has been completed.

Ruth said 67-year-old Phillip Wayne Jeffress, of Pearl, died from an accidental drowning.

Officers have identified him as 67-year-old Phillip Wayne Jeffress of Pearl. 

"It appeared Mr. Jeffress was fishing at the time he went overboard,” Reservoir Police Chief Perry Waggener said. “There are no indications of foul play but our investigation is ongoing and will not be completed until we have conclusive autopsy results and the Coroner’s ruling as to the cause of death.”  

The body was pulled from the water near Tommy's Trading Post along Highway 43 at around 9:18 a.m., after authorities were called and alerted to a boat adrift between Ratliff Ferry and Houseboat Island.

They were on the way to the location when they received a second call of body near that boat.

Coroner Ruth stressed the importance of wearing a life vest when boating. He says the victim was not wearing one when retrieved from the water.

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