18-year-old who drowned at Cleary Lake identified

Divers and sonar equipment were called to the lake in search of missing person.

18-year-old who drowned at Cleary Lake identified
Crews search for possible drowning victim.

RANKIN COUNTY, MS (WLBT) - Cleary Fire Department and other agencies were on scene of a drowning at Cleary Lake in Florence Sunday.

Rankin County Coroner David Ruth confirms that an 18-year-old man’s body was recovered from the lake.

He was identified as 18-year-old Matthew Hamilton of Florence.

He went missing around 2:00 Sunday afternoon while swimming with friends.

Sheriff Bryan Bailey says that Rankin EOC responded to the scene with a boat equipped with sonar equipment. Divers also assisted in the search.

The circumstances surrounding his drowning are under investigation.

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