SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — The body found in the Loosahatchie River on June 19 has been positively identified as 15-year-old Prince Stewart, SCSO said.
The initial investigation revealed that Stewart entered the Loosahatchie River in an attempt to save a friend from drowning.
SCOS began the search on June 18 after reports came in that Stewart disappeared while at the river in north Shelby County.
The body was discovered just before 11 a.m. June 19.
Stewart’s family told FOX13 at the time they didn’t think he’d go into the water because he didn’t know how to swim.
“We’re trying to hold it together, but not knowing is literally the hardest part,” Stewart’s aunt Renita Turner told FOX13 back on June 18, Just hours after finding out her nephew was missing.
Shelby County Sheriff’s office officials say the teenager was trying to do the right thing when the drowning happened.
“Unfortunately, this is an ending that we did not want, an ending we were not hoping for,” said Capt. Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. “From witnesses on the scene, it appears that one or two of his friends may have been drowning in the Loosahatchie River and in an effort to rescue them, he raced in to the river and unfortunately, he drowned himself.”
According to the Shelby County Fire Department, there’s an average 8 to 10 drownings each year with a handful of drowning calls so far this year.
When FOX13 talked with Stewart’s family earlier this month, they said Prince was a caring person.
“He was outgoing, never missed a beat,” said Turner. “He was family-oriented as you can see from all his family out here, this is very heartbreaking.”
FOX13 currently has no information about the friend Stewart tried to save, but we have calls into investigators and hope to learn more information about Stewart’s heroic efforts.
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