On May 15, 2013 at approximately 5:17 pm the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office received a 911call from the home owner at 4580 Bates Rd. The caller had arrived home and found someone lying in the bottom of their pool. The caller was unable to remove the person.
Sheriff Deputies and EMS personnel arrived and removed a young male from the pool. He was transported the Jackson Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.
During the investigation it was discovered Marquez Bell, age 11, had left his home (4606 Bates Rd) after school to visit his aunt, also living on Bates Rd. Marquez apparently stopped at Collie’s residence while she was not home and climbed a six foot chain link fence to the pool area. Marquez entered the pool where he drowned. According to his mother, Marion, Marquez could not swim.