Tunica County Sheriff’s office responding to a reported drowning


TUNICA COUNTY, Miss. (WREG) —  A man is dead after a reported drowning in a Tunica County lake on Saturday afternoon.

According to WREG, the Tunica County Sheriff’s Office identified the victim as J.W. Ransom. His family says he was 19 years old.

Family says he was set to graduate from high school next month.

Investigators say it happened at a lake at the Cypress Lake Apartments off Casino Center Drive extension.

At this time, it is not clear what lead up the incident.

The sheriff’s office says they were assisted by the DeSoto County Search and Rescue team.

This is an ongoing investigation.

The Quitman County School District released the following statement: 

It is with a saddened and heavy heart that the Quitman County School District mourns the transition of one of our graduating Seniors, Mr. J.W. Ransom.  On behalf of the Quitman County Board of Education, faculty, and student body, we offer our most heartfelt condolences to the Ransom family.  To the graduating Class of 2020, I offer a word of comfort from Joshua 1:9: “Be strong and courageous, for the Lord your God will be with you.”  

We are one voice.  One sound. One District.  Together, we will stand strong and be of comfort and strength to one another through this very difficult trial we face.

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