Chavez and Velasque Death – The Forrest County Deputy Coroner Lisa Klem have released the identity of the two victims that died in Bouie River in Forest County on Friday as 39-year-old Daniel Osorio Chavez and 17-year-old Gaspar Vasquez Velasquez. They were both from Guatemala.
Reports from the Forrest County Sheriff’s Office said Chavez and Velasquez had been fishing in the river with family members Friday afternoon when the pair decided to get into the water to cool off.
Family members reported to first responders that Chavez and Velasquez couldn’t swim and were swept away when they stepped into deeper water.
Rescue crews immediately started work into the evening to find the pair but had to call off the search when it became dark. The search resumed Saturday morning.
Chavez and Velasquez bodies were found around 9:30 a.m. and 10:45 a.m.respectively.
Authorities said they were found about a quarter mile north of the Leaf River Bridge in about 8 to 10 feet of water.