The bodies of three men missing since Friday, January 16, were found Tuesday morning, January 20.
Copiah County Sheriff Harold Jones reported the bodies of Timothy Young, 23; Justin Middlebrook, 22; and Isaiah Tucker, 20, were found off Mississippi Highway 27, about two miles south of Rockport.
The three men were reported missing when they failed to return home after attending a basketball game at Copiah-Lincoln Community College in Wesson. Middlebrook and Tucker were students at Co-Lin. All three young men were from Lawrence County.
Relatives of one of the men had been driving around Tuesday morning when they noticed a damaged guard rail and a tire visible in the water. The rest of the car was submerged. The highway was shut down while the car was retrieved from the creek, and a large crowd had gathered, including some relatives of the young men.
Autopsies determined the cause of death as accidental drowning, according to Copiah County Coroner Ellis Stuart.