UPDATE: Crews find body of 2-year-old swept away by floodwaters at middle TN park

Crews located the body of the boy shortly before 8 a.m. local time Monday. (Image: WKRN)


Officials say crews have found the body of a 2-year-old boy swept away by fast-moving water at Cummins Falls State Park in Tennessee.

News outlets report Jackson County Emergency Management officials said in a statement that the child's body was recovered Monday.

The agency said heavy rains on Sunday made conditions dangerous and led to more than 60 people being rescued at the popular swimming spot. Officials said the search for the boy began Sunday evening but was called off due to weather conditions and low lighting.

Agency spokesman Ethan Burris told news outlets that search efforts resumed at 6 a.m. Monday and crews found the body shortly after 7 a.m.

Authorities later identified the boy as Steven Pierce of Eddyville, Kentucky.

The park will be closed until Tuesday morning.

Depend on us to keep you posted.


Five Bledsoe County Rescue Squad members are among several responders working Monday morning to locate a 2-year-old child who was swept away by flash floodwaters at Cummins Falls in Jackson County, Tennessee, in the middle part of the state.

The two-year-old boy went missing at about 6 p.m. Sunday evening.

Rescue teams from White County assisted Putnam and Jackson County first responders. A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter also searched the area throughout the night.

The search was called off late Sunday, and resumed early Monday morning with the daylight hours.

WKRN in Nashville reports Jackson County officials saying a large rush of water left a large number of park-goers stranded at and in the water.

The station reports at least 50 victims were escorted out under their own power while 13 were rescued by swift water teams.

Officials say The missing 2-year-old boy is still missing was with his parents, who also had to be rescued.

The public is asked to avoid the area while the search is ongoing.

This is a developing story and will be updated.

There have been other flash flooding incidents at Cummins Falls that have led to tragedy.

In July, 2017, a 73-year-old woman was swept away by flash floodwaters, and her body was later recovered. A woman from Sale Creek, Lisa Hillian, joined in the search efforts for that woman, but did not survive.

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