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August 26, 2002

Americus-- Investigators think the drowning of a 4-year-old and his 2-year old step-brother in their neighbor's pool was an accident.

When Doug and Vanessa Powell awoke Sunday morning, their four-year old and two-year old sons were gone. An hour later, the bodies of Marcus Davis and Colby Powell were found in a neighbor's swimming pool.

Americus Police say they will complete an investigation into the deaths, but Monday morning, they announced the case is being handling as an accidental death.

After the Powell's found their front door open Sunday morning, they flagged down a police officer. About 8:30, the little boys were found. "At this time, it appears to be an accidental death. But we are going to conduct an investigation anyway. And make sure that essentially no stone is left unturned," said Americus Police Chief Michael Yates.

Sumter County coroner Greg Hancock said the children have never swam in the neighbor's pool, and that it was not being used this summer.

posted at 4:46PM by jimw@walb.com