14-year-old boy recovered from East Pearl River identified

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The body of a 14-year-old boy was recovered from the East Pearl River late Sunday night, according to the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office.

According to the St. Tammany Coroner, the boy was identified as Michael Bright of Slidell.​​​​​​​According to the coroner, Bright died in an apparent drowning accident.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Sunday the St. Tammany Parish Sheriff’s Office Marine Division and Dive Team were dispatched to the East Pearl River near I-10 in reference to a boy that had gone into the water and had not resurfaced.

According to the report, the 14-year-old boy was boating with family members on the East Pearl River when the group decided to tie their boat under the interstate and go swimming.

When the rest of the group returned to the boat, the 14-year was not with them, according to the sheriff.

Deputies located the boy’s body just before midnight in the area where he had last been seen.

The body was turned over to the St. Tammany Parish Coroner’s Office for a cause and manner of death determination.

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