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18-year-old who drowned at Cleary Lake identified

Divers and sonar equipment were called to the lake in search of missing person.
Crews search for possible drowning victim.
Crews search for possible drowning victim.
Updated: May. 5, 2019 at 2:59 PM CDT
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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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