Sheriff: Teen who didn’t know how to swim drowns

Published 9:36 pm Tuesday, September 5, 2017

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A sheriff says a Mississippi teenager who didn’t know how to swim has drowned in a lake.

Neshoba County Sheriff Tommy Waddell tells news outlets that 15-year old Jerry Lee Triplett either jumped or slipped off a pier Sunday evening in Lake Pushmataha.

Waddell says Triplett’s body was found in water about 18 feet deep.

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The lake is on land owned by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians, but Triplett was not a tribe member.