UPDATED: Teenager Dies in a Pond North of Samson

By: Denise Bradberry Email
By: Denise Bradberry Email

5:30PM Wednesday July 21, 2010

A Wiregrass family is in mourning today as authorities investigate the circumstances surround the death of 17-year-old Josh Wynn.

Family and friends gathered at the Wynn home in Fadette, AL today.

They're attemping to come to grips with this tragic loss.

Josh was putting up fencing in a pond just north of Samson Tuesday when he and a co-worker tried to swim to the other side of the pond.

His mother says Josh began to stuggle as he swam.

Co-workers tried to help, but when Wynn went under, he never resurfaced.

Family members are devastated.

Junior "Uncle JuJu" Kelly, Josh's Uncle, said, "One of the deepest losses I could ever feel, and when I found out it was a pond and he had been gone for an hour, I knew deep in my heart but I wouldn't let it, I couldn't tell myself he was gone until I saw him."

An autopsy is being performed in Montgomery to determine the cause of death.

We'll hear more from the family tonight on News 4 at 6.


3:30PM Wednesday July 21, 2010
The investigation into the death of a Wiregrass teenager continues

Authorities pulled the body of 17-year-old Josh Wynn out of a pond just north of Samson yesterday.

Geneva County officials say Wynn and several others were putting up fencing around the pond.

They decided to jump into the water to cool off, but Wynn never surfaced.

An autopsy is being performed to determine if Wynn drowned or if another issue caused his death.

A family is grieving tonight after losing the life of a teenager in a small pond just north of Samson.

Authorities are withholding the name of the victim for now.

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward says three people were putting up fences earlier today and were colling off at the edge of a small pond when the victim went in.

He says all three could swim but the others were unable to get to him in time.

First responders were able to recover the body around 5 p.m. about 8-10 feet away from where he went in.

"He was actually walking around the edge cooling off a little bit and was actually coming out because they'd finished with that part and apparently he stepped off a little bit too far and like i said went under. they kept trying to get to him but they couldn't get to him," says Ward.

An autopsy will be performed in Montgomery to determine if he in fact died from the drowning or other causes.


A teenage boy has drowned in the Wiregrass.

It happened just north of Samson near the Piney Woods Community.

Officials are still looking for the body.

A teenager had been putting up fences at the pond.

When he finished, he was walking along the edge when he fell in.

No one could get him out of the water in time.

As of 4:30PM, his family was on the scene.

We will have more updates as they become available.

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  • by stacey Location: fadette al. on Aug 7, 2010 at 11:24 PM
    me and my family have josh's family in our prayers. i really didnt know josh i have him on my myspace thats how i know him. but i just want to say to the family i'm truly sorry for the lost. R.I.P josh wynn
  • by Carly Location: Malone fl on Jul 30, 2010 at 08:58 AM
    Josh you are gone my friend! Your not forgotten. I think god took you way to soon. you had the best personality anyone could ask for. R.i.p Josh I love you man! I will keep your family in prayers
  • by bryan an Charlotte Jones Location: Malvern,Ala on Jul 21, 2010 at 03:26 PM
    To theFamily of Josh Wynn: We were so heartbroken to hear the news about Josh. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, he was an amazing young man with an amazing, loving family.
  • by Kimberly Location: Ocala FL on Jul 21, 2010 at 03:24 PM
    R.I.P cuz....i'll miss you
  • by Brittani Location: Dothank on Jul 21, 2010 at 03:17 PM
    josh was an amazing person. he loved to make everyone laugh and always carried a big smile. R.I.P JOSHUA O'NEAL WYNN. I LOVE YOU AND YOU WILL FOREVER B MISSED.
  • by Carolyn Location: Fadette on Jul 21, 2010 at 12:06 PM
    To the family of Josh: josh was a great guy for the little time i knew him. he will be greatly missed by Shawn, me, and everyone else. He will always be remembered by everyone! R.I.P. Josh! Yall are in our prayers!
  • by Kaitlyn Sullivan Location: Swansboro, NC on Jul 21, 2010 at 11:15 AM
    RIP Joshua ONeal Wynn.. you are forever missed but never forgotten. i really miss you. My prayers go out to his family and dear friends.
  • by Angel Rodriguez Location: Esto on Jul 21, 2010 at 10:24 AM
    To the fmily of Joshua Wynn you are in my prayers Josh was an amazing guy for the short time i new him he was greatly cared about by me and will never forgotton but always missed.
  • by Laura Jean Location: Geneva on Jul 20, 2010 at 10:41 PM
    Our Thoughts and Prayers are with Josh's family.May he Rest In Peace.
  • by Amy Location: Dothan on Jul 20, 2010 at 08:10 PM
    What a dear family and tragic loss. May God comfort them as we all lift them up in our prayers.
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