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Sheriff: Teen wanders away from Arkansas home, drowns in pond

By Brandon Riddle

This article was published April 19, 2018 at 9:50 a.m.


Authorities in Arkansas have identified the teenage victim of an accidental drowning Wednesday afternoon.

The Pope County sheriff’s office said 15-year-old Carson Tanner wandered away from home around 1:15 p.m. in the Zion Road area of Appleton.

Within 30 minutes, authorities were called and a search began in the area, according to a news release. Tanner was found about 300 yards away from the residence in a pond.

Tanner was pulled from the pond and pronounced dead at the scene by Pope County coroner Danny White.

The drowning was investigated by the Pope County sheriff’s office and the Arkansas State Police.

Responding at the scene were Pope County deputies, the Pope County Office of Emergency Management Search and Rescue, the U.S. Forest Service K-9 unit and state police.

Read Friday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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TravisBickle says... April 19, 2018 at 12:51 p.m.

Sounds kinda strange. How can you be 15 y/o and not know how to swim?

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LOH says... April 19, 2018 at 1:17 p.m.

There are many people at his age that do not know how to swim (and some much older too!). They may not be supplying all of the facts here, maybe he was special needs? Or, he had a medical emergency? Perhaps, he just didn't know how to swim.

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TravisBickle says... April 19, 2018 at 2:44 p.m.

Well, then, it's just poor reporting.

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Vickie55 says... April 19, 2018 at 3:03 p.m.

I assumed he was special needs because of the immediate concern when he wandered away from home.

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