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October 27, 2011

Toddler drowns in Laurel Creek Reservoir

Nearly 100 volunteers turned out for search

PINE KNOT —  The search for a missing toddler ended tragically last Tuesday evening with word that two-year-old Gage Max Williams had drowned in Laurel Creek Reservoir.

    The boy had gone missing about 1:20 p.m. from a residence on Ed Branscum Road off US 27 in Pine Knot with the family believing he had wandered into the woods nearby.

    Numerous agencies from McCreary, Whitley, Pulaski and Wayne counties assisted in the search by land and air before Williams’ body was found at approximately 6:55 p.m. in the reservoir less than a mile the home.

    The body was transported to Frankfort for autopsy on Wednesday when the preliminary cause of death was determined to be accidental drowning. But the boy’s mother, Mary Williams, told WYMT that she questions the circumstances of her son’s death.

    The family had reported that Gage Williams was last seen wearing a beige shirt with brown long sleeves and a basketball on the chest, khaki pants and no shoes. He was found without clothes.

    Kentucky State Police Detective Billy Correll, who is leading the investigation, told The Record that authorities were searching for the clothing but, at press time, they had yet to be recovered. The case remains open.

    The Williams family — who had just recently moved to McCreary County — returned to Alabama for the toddler’s funeral service, which was reportedly held yesterday.

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