At about 6:50 a.m. Wednesday, authorities recovered the body of the missing 15-year-old boy in the same area where they found the 35-year-old man's body Tuesday afternoon, which is near the Big Eddy Club on the Lake Oliver Marina.
Tyquarius Myers, 15, was pronounced dead of accidental drowning at 7:50 a.m, Muscogee County Coroner Buddy Bryan said. His body will be transported to the morgue soon, the coroner said at about 8:15 a.m.
Myers and 35-year-old Lloyd Cabiness fell out of a boat on Lake Oliver Marina at approximately 5:35 p.m. Sunday.
Myers' body was found south of the Big Eddy Club during Wednesday's search, according to Robert Futrell, the deputy chief of operations for Columbus Fire & Emergency Medical Services.
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Cabiness was recovered around 6:15 p.m.Tuesday, and he was pronounced dead of accidental drowning just before 7 p.m., Bryan said. The crime lab in Atlanta will be contacted this morning to determine whether an autopsy will be conducted in the death, the coroner said.
Divers from the Columbus Department of Fire & EMS and the Department of Natural Resources with advanced sonar equipment continued the search for the missing 15-year-old boy last night. A crew from the DNR searched until after dark trying to get a lead on the body with the sonar equipment.
Futrell said the new equipment was in use by 4 p.m. Tuesday, about two hours before the body was found. The search was still concentrated in the same area but much broader.
Futrell said water in the search area was about 30-35 feet deep.
“The area is so complicated,” he said. “The only problem is there are sections where there are holes in there 50 feet deep. The problem with the sonar is there are so many downed trees and debris, it’s hard to pick parties up.”
The road leading to the Big Eddy Club was blocked to any visitors by police officers after grief-stricken relatives went to the area on Monday. Futrell said the crews have tried to keep family members informed on the search. “We do our best to keep the family members informed on what we’re doing,” Futrell said. “It just makes them feel a little bit better knowing exactly what we’re doing.”
Divers were part of the search Tuesday and they were back in the water early today to search for the missing boy.
Neither of the victims was wearing a life jacket, Battalion Chief Donnie Jones said Sunday. Visibility is low in the murky waters on the marina.
Members with various agencies have provided assistance since authorities were notified about the incident. Traveling on boats, Columbus Fire & Emergency Services officials were out on the water after launching crafts at Marina Cove.
Staff writer Sarah Robinson contributed to this report.