Officials locate body of man who went missing after DeSoto wreck - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Reported by Jason Miles

Officials locate body of man who went missing after DeSoto wreck

DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC-TV) - DeSoto County Search and Rescue crews pulled a body from the Coldwater River late Tuesday morning they said was the driver of an SUV who disappeared Christmas Day.

Tim Curtis of the DeSoto County EMA said the body, that of 33-year-old Darren Hill, was discovered Tuesday in the river under a railroad trestle, about a quarter of a mile from the Coldwater River bridge over I-55.


You might call it a mother's intuition.

"I felt it in my heart," says Olphia Griffin.

She's describing the feeling she says she had hours after her son, Darren Hill, fell into North Mississippi's Coldwater River.

"It was like a knife cutting me in the heart -- I said he gone," says Griffin.

Hill survived crashing his SUV into a guardrail on I-55.  Witnesses say he was trying to climb to higher ground when he fell into the river.  That was early Christmas morning.  The search for his body never ceased until it was finally found Tuesday not far from the interstate bridge.

"That was my biggest fear," says Griffin.  "That they would never find him and never really know what really happened to him," she adds.

Griffin tells Action News 5 detectives with the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation had suspicions that were based on Hill's criminal record.   

"They said he ran," says Griffin.  "But I knew he didn't," she adds.  "I said my child is not a runner."

She's thankful volunteers with DeSoto County Search and Rescue never gave up.  They entered the often frigid water every day since Hill went missing.

"There was nothing they could do to prevent it," says Griffin.  "But I am so grateful they brought him out of the water," she adds.  "Cause I knew he was in there."

Now, a year after burying a brother who died in a house fire, this mother can finally prepare a funeral for her son.

As a formality, Hill's body will be sent to the Mississippi State Crime Lab in Jackson for an autopsy. 


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