Body found during search of local river for missing teen, SCSO says

SHELBY COUNTY, Tenn. — UPDATE: 12:47 p.m. CST

A body has been found near the area where a teenager went missing in a local river.

The body has not been positively identified.

This is still an ongoing investigation.



Multiple agencies are trying to find a minor who possibly went underwater in a local river and has not been seen since.

Officials are searching for 15-year-old Prince Stewart.

Rescue crews were at the Loosahatchie River until 8:45 Thursday night, officials said. The search has resumed.

Millington Road near Watkins is blocked off for this search.

The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office says 15-year-old Prince Stewart disappeared around 10 a.m. while he was near the Looshahatchie River with friends.

Since the teen's disappearance, his family has been anxiously waiting for answers.

“And we’re just praying that he’s still alive,” Stewart’s aunt Renita Turner said.

Family members told FOX13 Stewart is an outgoing, family-oriented person. Several family members have been on the scene for hours, others since noon.

“We’re trying to hold it together, but not knowing is literally the hardest part,” said Turner.

The sheriff’s office said Stewart was last seen when he went underwater, but his family said they’ve heard other versions of what may have happened. They also said Stewart didn’t visit the area that often.

“Been told he didn’t get in the water, because he told him he can’t swim and they turned around and he was gone so it’s like 3,4 different stories, its not adding up,” said Stewart’s cousin Michelle Turner. “He can’t swim so I know for a fact he isn’t getting in no water.”

Since Stewart disappeared, search and rescue crews from Millington, Fayette County and even DeSoto County got involved in the search.

Captain Anthony Buckner with the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office said, “When we initially got out here we deployed a number of people somewhere between 40-50 search and rescue members.”

The Memphis Police Department’s aviation team flew over the river as well, but there have been no signs of Stewart.

His family told FOX13 they aren’t giving up hope.

“As a family as whole we’re just praying that he’s lost in these woods, and she won’t have to deal with losing a son,” said Kimberly Brooks.

The Shelby County Fire Department isn’t calling this a drowning just yet.

Captain Buckner said due to visibility, the last search and rescue crew is being called off the river as of 8:45 p.m.

DeSoto County Search and Rescue Crew was last one of the river Thursday night.

SCSO Search and Rescue will be back out again to continue the search at 8 a.m. Friday.