Bodies of two Tennessee residents found in Pickwick

IUKA, Miss. (AP) - Authorities in Tishomingo County are awaiting the results of autopsies on two Tennessee residents who apparently drowned during a weekend outing on Pickwick Lake.

The bodies of 43-year-old Peggie Stone Sanford, of Bartlett, Tennessee, and 58-year-old Albert Wesley McAlexander of Germantown, Tennessee, were recovered yesterday.

Pickwick Lake is at the border of Mississippi, Alabama and Tennessee.

County Coroner Mack Wileman says Sanford's body was found floating on the Mississippi side of the lake near a waterfall area about 9:00am Monday.

He said divers recovered McAlexander's body about five hours later in the same area.

Wileman said it appeared the two had gone out on the lake in a pontoon boat Sunday and pulled into the cove about three miles north of J.P. Coleman State Park.

He said their craft was found about Sunday evening with the motor idling and a dog still aboard. Autopsies will be performed to determine the cause of death.

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