UPDATE: Sheriff: 12-year-old goes under after helping another child

Courtesy: Family Mary Jane Harrell

UPDATE 7:52 a.m. 6/20/2017 (WJTV) – Tuesday morning around 7 a.m. authorities found the body of 12-year-old Mary Jane Harrell.

Sheriff Mike Lee says her body was found near the area she went missing on Saturday.

UPDATE 3:43 p.m. 6/18/2017 (WJTV) – Scott County Sheriff Mike Lee says his water rescue team continues to search for a 12 year old girl who went under water Saturday night at the Low Head Dam off of Highway 25.

Authorities confirm they’re looking for Mary Jane Harrell.

Lee says Harrell and two other children were swimming when the water became too much. We’re told Mary Jane was able to help another child get to safety before she went under.

The sheriff says this is now a recovery effort and the area has been closed off to the public.

Because the current is so rough around the dam, Lee says they’re having to use sonar equipment to locate the child. Another issue they’re having is the rising water due to Friday’s severe weather.

They’ve been searching since around 7 p.m. Saturday.

Leake County Sheriff’s Office, Rankin County and the Mississippi Department of Wildlife and Fisheries are also assisting in the search.

Lee warns this is not a place to swim. “It’s always terrible when it’s a child,” says the Sheriff. He’s hoping to bring closure for the child’s family on this Father’s Day.

The sheriff adds that if they aren’t able to recover the 12 year old by 8 p.m. they will scale back their efforts but will not stop searching.


SCOTT COUNTY, Miss (WJTV) — The search continues for 12-year-old girl that went missing overnight near Low Head Dam on the Ross Barnett Reservoir.

The 12-year-old is reported to have blonde hair and is from Scott County.

The search began Saturday evening.

Anyone with any information is urged to call the Reservoir Police Department at (601) 992-9894.


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