Missing boy's body pulled from pool

Sunday, April 14, 2013 8:56 PM
Last updated 11:57 PM
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A neighborhood in Hephzibah was overcome with grief Sunday after a Richmond County dive team found the body of an 8-year-old missing child in an in-ground pool.

Jon Stevens' body was found by divers in this pool at a neighbor's house on Hunter's Mill Court.  WESLEY BROWN/STAFF
Jon Stevens' body was found by divers in this pool at a neighbor's house on Hunter's Mill Court.

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Just hours earlier, a group of 15 Hunter’s Mill residents had combed the woods and streets in search of Jon Stevens.

Stevens was reported missing about 9:30 p.m. Saturday by his mother, Jeanette Stevens, who told deputies her son had been swimming with friends at a neighbor’s house at 4610 Hunter’s Mill Court, but had not been seen for several hours.

According to a statement released by the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, Jon Stevens was found about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by divers in the neighbor’s pool. The family declined comment Sunday.

Sgt. Shane McDaniel, a spokesman for the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, said Sunday night deputies continue to investigate and should know more this morning – including whether criminal charges might be
filed – after consulting with the district attorney.

The divers’ discovery came after neighbors and a half-dozen deputies searched four hours, using flashlights and an intercom system to alert residents that a boy was missing.

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triscuit 04/14/13 - 11:34 pm
Why is a dive team needed for

Why is a dive team needed for an in-ground pool? So sad.

whyme 04/15/13 - 12:43 am

likely it's procedure as they may be most helpful in searching for a missing person in the dark with their equipment. God bless all of those involved.

scoobynews 04/15/13 - 05:10 am
So sad but it was not warm enough to be swimming this week.

The picture of the pool makes the water appear brown? Such a sad situation for all involved.

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I'm Back Again 04/15/13 - 09:30 am
Just a question here but

Just a question here but didnt anyone look in the pool first? If I understand the article correctly it makes it sound as if he drowned in the same pool he was swimming in. How can you not know where your 8 yr old child is? Sad situation, but definitely negligence somewhere unless he snuck out if his home. I have an 8 yr old and I can guarantee I know where he is!

triscuit 04/15/13 - 10:44 am
I think that was my point.

I think that was my point. Any backyard pool that was CLEAN and CLEAR enough for safe swimming, should have been easy for a person to walk over and look in. All of the insurance regulations about fencing aside, if a child wants to get in, they will. Very sad for parents and pool owners.

JSTEVENS 05/15/13 - 12:33 pm
its funny how the

its funny how the surveillance cameras surrounding the pool suddenly didn't work, for the record Jon would have never gotten in that pool, whenever he was expected to get in any water deeper than a bathtub, he had to be completely cover in floaty devices and he was with family. This article is incorrect, he wasn't swimming.

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