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August 26, 2002
by Jocelyn Maner

Americus police say that on Sunday morning, Marcus and Colby Powell left their home and walked across Ridge Street to a neighbor's house.

When their parents woke up, they noticed the boys were missing and called the police. Two officers, who were called to the scene found the boys in the neighbor's swimming pool.

Chief Michael Yates says, "This morning between seven and eight, parents called in to police, when they discovered their children were missing. Two officers eventually found the boys in a neighbor's pool."

The Powell boys were pronounced dead at 9:45 at the hospital. Police have ruled out foul play, and they say it seems to have been an accident, but the investigation will continue.

  • Monday morning, the Americus Police Department issued this press release:

On August 25 at approximately 8:11am Sgt. Carl Brown of the Americus Police Department was contacted by Mr. Doug Powell of 808 Ridge Street , Americus, Georgia.

Mr. Powell advised Sgt. Brown that his 4 year old son Marcus Davis and his 2 year old son, Colby Powell were missing from his residence.

Sgt. Brown immediately summoned additional units to the area and a search of the neighborhood was put into play. Within a few minutes Corporal Robert Philmon and Officer Marci Rowe, who were on foot searching the area, discovered the two children, lifeless, in a swimming pool located at 809 Ridge Street, Americus, Georgia.

Officer Rowe and Corporal Philmon entered the pool and removed the children and began CPR on each of the victims.

EMS and first responder personnel arrived and the children were rushed to Sumter Regional Hospital where they were pronounced dead at 9:45am.

Investigators were summoned to the scene, which was processed and photographed extensively. At this point in time the case is being handled as an accidental death and will be completed only after a fully exhaustive investigation.

Updated at 10:06 AM by Jocelyn.Maner@walb.com