Sheriff: Body of missing swimmer found in Jackson Co.

Search crews recover body from river
Dylan Person (Source: Family)
Dylan Person (Source: Family)
(Source: Alton Walker)
(Source: Alton Walker)
(Source: Alton Walker)
(Source: Alton Walker)

JACKSON COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Jackson County Sheriff David Lucas confirms to Region 8 News that crews have found the body of Dylan Person in the Black River.

The discovery was made Tuesday morning, approximately three miles from where he went missing. The body was recovered at 9 a.m.

The search for the 20-year-old from Tuckerman began Sunday afternoon and continued into Tuesday morning.

The sheriff's office first received the call of a possible drowning victim at the Lockhart Bluffs on the Black River near Elgin around 3 p.m. Sunday.

According to a news release from the sheriff's office, witnesses said Person and his friends were swimming and attempted to swim to the other side of the river.

The man's friends made it to the other side, but they noticed Person was struggling in the water. His friends tried to pull him from the water but couldn't, the release states.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies responded to the scene where sheriff's office personnel, the Independence County Dive Team, Arkansas Game and Fish, the Tuckerman Fire Department, Arkansas State Parks, and Survival Flight attempted a water rescue but were unable to locate Person.

The dive team did locate an image on SONAR Sunday night, but treacherous water conditions made it difficult to put a diver in the water.

With no other findings, the search was suspended around 9 p.m. and resumed again early Monday morning.

There were also no findings on Monday. Person's body was pulled from the water at approximately 9:08 a.m. Tuesday.

Before Tuesday's developments Region 8 News spoke to one of Dylan's close friends who was with him when he began struggling in the water.

Donnie Stapelton Jr. said it was a nightmare knowing he and his other friends couldn't get to Dylan before he was swept away.

"I know he would want us to probably miss him, but he'd want us to keep doing what we do and act like he's still there with us because he is...he's still there," Stapelton said.

On Monday Dylan's mother, Cheryl Person, described her son as a "typical, good old country boy" who loved hunting, wearing camo, and watching the Razorbacks.

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