Mississippi man drowns after jumping into lake

Published 9:38 pm Saturday, May 23, 2020

A Mississippi man drowned Saturday afternoon after he apparently jumped into a lake.

The victim was identified as 20-year-old J.W. Ransom II.

Exactly what led Ransom to jump into the Tunica County lake were not immediately clear.

Memphis-area media report that Ransom’s family said he was the father of a 7-month-old child.

The drowning occurred at a lake near Cypress Lake Apartments off Casino Center Drive extension.

Tunica County Sheriff’s Office investigators are trying to determine what led Ransom to enter the water.

Editor’s note: The original version of this article referenced the victim as being 19-years-old. We have been told he was actually 20 and have corrected the article to reflect the change.