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Child's Body Recovered From Waurika Lake

Waurika, Ok_The search for a young boy who drowned Saturday in Waurika Lake has ended.  12 year old Colton Parnell's body was found in the lake Tuesday morning just after 8:00 a.m.

Parnell's family is from Roff, Oklahoma, a town 30 miles southeast of Pauls Valley.  They were in town for a family reunion.  

"It's always so heartbreaking. It's such a tedious process searching for the body," said Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Betsy Randolph.

After a three day search, the OHP dive team found Parnell's body at Mitchell Point this morning.  The family was still at the Kiowa One Campground where he disappeared.

A 7News crew set up half a mile from their campgrounds trying to be respectful.  However, the family approached us, upset that we were there.

"I'm standing in front of the camera and will not leave till ya'll leave," said one family member.  We respected his wishes and left.

A short time later after stopping at a store on the way out of town, the man who previously asked us to leave saw our car and came in as well.  He apologized for standing in front of our camera saying he was only protecting his family.

After talking, he did confirm some information.  He said the family was watching the boy swim about 40 yards from shore and immediately ran to help when they saw a struggle.

In fact, one man even slipped and broke his tailbone in the effort.   The man said people are getting the wrong idea about the accident.  And trooper Betsy Randolph agreed that no blame should be placed.

"It doesn't do any good to point fingers at anyone," Randolph said.  "These kind of things can happen to anyone no matter how good of a swimmer you are."

Randolph said the boy was swimming in an un-designated area.  After initially going under, he came up twice but never resurfaced.   

Parnell's body has been taken to the medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City for further observation.

 

 

 

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