West Plains Man Drowns in Spring River

August 19, 2003 - Posted at 7:52 a.m. CDT

Mammoth Spring, AR -- A 22-year-old Missouri man whose friends said could not swim drowned in the Spring River in Fulton County Sunday night.

Searchers with the Fulton County Sheriff's Department and Mammoth Spring Fire Department found the body of Steven M. Shelton of West Plains, Missouri just before midnight.

Shelton had been tubing on the river with friends Sunday evening.  Around 7 p.m., the friends said they got out of the river and waited for Shelton to arrive.  About 20 minutes later, they found his tube on the river and called authorities.

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