Police searching for teen who possibly drowned in Collierville lake

COLLIERVILLE, TN (WMC) - Authorities are searching for a 15-year-old boy who may have drowned in a lake.

Shelby County sheriff's deputies said several teens at Johnson Lake off Frank Road on Monday night when the boy went missing.

"It's definitely scary," Kristi Weigant said. "I can't imagine what happened."

Deputies originally said the teens were in a boat and they jumped out to swim to shore, but their friend didn't make it. However, they now believe the boys jumped off of a hill into the lake.

Authorities were unable to find the teen Monday or Tuesday. They resumed their search Wednesday morning.

Neighbors said Johnson Lake is a former landfill now owned by the town of Collierville. Anyone caught swimming in the lake is considered a trespasser.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office said searching the lake has proven difficult.

"We're being hampered too by a lot of tall underwater grass that's about chest high. So the dragging, the hooks just pick up tons of seaweed. There's also a lot of just deep gullies and potholes in this lake," SCSO spokesman Earle Farrell said.

The sheriff's office plans to continue searching until they find the boy. However, they will have to suspend the search when they run out of sunlight.

As for the boy's identity, no family members have come forward to identify him. People in the area said the boy is not from nearby.

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