Authorities recover body of missing 10-year-old boy

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By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 8, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) -- The body of Skylar Brogdon-Marr was recovered from Lake Talquin around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday morning.

Family members are glad the search for 10-year-old Skylar is over.

"I feel relieved," said Michele Tipper, Skylar's aunt.

Skylar went missing after the boat he was in collided with another boat on Saturday morning on Lake Talquin in Gadsden County, just west of Goat Island.

Skylar's cousin, Justin Tipper, said, "Just to know that the boy is out of the water now. We got closure knowing he's not sitting in some animal's stomach. I just want to thank all y'all for all your help, prayers and everything God worked out."

Search and dive teams were working around the clock for the past five days. Skylar's body finally surfaced in the same area he went overboard.

"I just hate that that's the way the Lord took him out. But, he was proud to go," his aunt said.

She said Skylar was on the boat with her husband at the time of the boating accident.

"That's all he wanted to do. 'Come on, Uncle, let's go, let's go, let's go,' he'd always say. So, he got to do what he wanted to do," Michele said.

Skylar's grandfather, John Brogdon, broke down at first when getting the news Skylar's body was found.

But, he didn't let the anguish get the best of him. "I'm good now," he said. "I'm good. He's been found."

Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young gathered family and supporters together after the recovery, everyone thanking each other for their support. Everyone pulling together for Skylar.

Alexis Barnes, a family friend, said, "He was always excited every day when I got there to pick up my son. He wanted to be sure to show me what he had made and that he can pop a wheelie on his bike. He's popping the biggest wheelies and the best ones ever right now."

Skylar's body was taken to Tallahassee for an autopsy.

Family members say they felt Wednesday would be the day, especially after cadaver dogs alerted in the very same spot he was found.

They're very appreciative of the support from FWC, surrounding law enforcement agencies, and community members.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 8, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) – Authorities have recovered the body of a 10-year-old boy who went missing after a boat collision on Lake Talquin on Saturday morning.

Officials located the body of John “Skylar” Brogdon-Marr around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday in the area where the collision happened.

Wednesday marked day five of the search for Skylar.


By: Lanetra Bennett | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 7, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) -- The search continued Tuesday for a 10-year-old boy missing following a boating accident in Gadsden County.

Skylar Brogdon-Marr hasn't been seen since the accident on Saturday morning.The accident happened in Lake Talquin, just west of Goat Island.

The Lowndes County Sheriff's Office came to the search party Tuesday with a side scan sonar. Deputies say they drop it from the side of the boat about three feet into the water.

The sonar provides a 3D scan of the bottom of the lake, which helps officials see what's down below. If necessary, divers go down to the bottom to check out what the scan picked up.

Cadaver dogs from Bay County were also out on the water, while helicopters from Leon County and the FWC flew overhead.

Family members are still praying for any sign of Skylar.

Michele Tipper, Skylar's aunt and guardian, said, "The last year of his life was tremendous. That baby was so happy. He got to be a boy. He got to know the Lord."

Tipper says Skylar always liked going fishing and loved to swim.

Family members say he was having a great time Saturday morning before the boat he and his dad were in collided with a boat carrying two adults. Those adults were taken to the hospital.

At this time, authorities plane to continue the search for Skylar into Wednesday.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
November 7, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) -- Search teams are continuing to scour Lake Talquin for any sign of 10-year-old John "Skylar" Brogdon-Marr .

Skylar went missing after a boat crash on the lake Saturday morning.

The search efforts for Skylar are now entering day four.

On Tuesday, search teams from Wewahitchka and Lowndes County and dive and rescue crews from Bay County joined in the search efforts.

Cadaver dogs and a Florida Fish and Wildlife team helicopter were also brought in to assist. A Leon County Sheriff's Office helicopter was at the scene earlier in the day.

A GoFundMe page has been set up by family friends to assist Skylar's family with expenses.


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
Updated - November 6, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) -- The search for a missing 10-year-old boy on Lake Talquin continued on Monday.

The boy, John Skylar Brogdon-Marr , was reported missing following a boating accident Saturday morning. Authorities say there was miscommunication between two boats, causing them to collide.

Divers ended their search Monday around 6:00 p.m. Gadsden County Sheriff Morris Young says there will be another search party on Tuesday.

Sheriff Young says Lowndes County authorities will be joining the search party with special equipment, and teams from Bay County will also be coming to help. He says Gulf County is bringing cadaver dogs to the search.

On Sunday, crews searched between the area of Bell Lake and Bass Alley, just west of Goat Island, but found no sign of the boy.

Two adults involved in the incident were transported to a local hospital for treatment of their injuries.


By: Tiffany Lewis | WCTV Eyewitness News
November 4, 2017

LAKE TALQUIN, Fla. (WCTV) -- Authorities are searching Lake Talquin for a missing boy after a Saturday morning boating accident.

Authorities say there was miscommunication between two boats, causing them to collide. No foul play is suspected.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation dive team and the Leon County Sheriff's Office are conducting a search and rescue operation for the juvenile passenger of one of the vessels.

The accident occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday and dive crews began searching for the boy around 2 p.m. At this point, the boy has not been located.

A man and a woman from one vessel were transported to Tallahassee Memorial Hospital.


John Skylar Brogdon (Family photo)


 
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