Fisheries & Fish Industry

Randolph man, son drown while fishing in friend's pond

Randolph man, son drown while fishing in friend's pond

RANDOLPH, Miss. (AP) — Authorities in Pontotoc County say a Randolph man and his 4-year-old son apparently drowned while fishing from a small boat in a friend’s pond along Highway 9 South in Randolph.

County Coroner Kim Bedford identified the victims as 37-year-old Billy Joe Finley, and his son, Grayson.

Pontotoc County Sheriff Leo Mask tells the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (http://bit.ly/2f9Z3V0) the pond owner alerted authorities around 2:45 p.m. Sunday.

Mask says the land owner became alarmed when he didn’t see them out in the boat and the man’s four-wheeler was still there.

Pontotoc Fire Chief Lance Martin says the father’s body was recovered around 5:20 p.m. and the little boy was found at 5:52 p.m.

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Information from: Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal, http://djournal.com

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