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Crews Recover Body Of 6-Year-Old Swept Away In Flood Waters

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Crews Recover Body Of 6-Year-Old Swept Away In Flood Waters

CREATED Jun 7, 2014
HICKMAN COUNTY, Tenn. – Crews have recovered the body of a young boy who was swept away by flood waters in Hickman County. He was found under a mile away from where he and other family members were first swept away. 

Official with the Hickman County Sheriff's Office said the body of 6-year-old Tristen Demumbran was located by search team members around 10:30 a.m. Saturday. He was found three-quarters of a mile downstream. 

Tristan went missing around 2:20 p.m. Thursday after his mother tried to drive a van through high water in Hickman County. The Beaver Dam Creek had swollen due to high rainfall in the area. 

Tristen's mother, grandmother and three siblings were also in the van, but were able to escape by clinging to tree branches and brush. 

"I pulled myself up, looked around to see if I could see anybody, (but I) couldn't see anybody and I thought, 'They're all drowning. They're all dead,'" said Tammy Brashear, Tristen's grandmother.

Rescue crews searched the Beaver Creek Dam area near Centerville for hours Thursday before ending the search at about 8:30 p.m. Crews said conditions were too dangerous to continue searching in the dark.

Friday, many members of the community started the day by walking along the creek's edge. First responders searched by boat.

Beaver Creek Dam swelled a couple of feet after intense rain Thursday morning.  High water levels and debris littered throughout the creek have made the search efforts difficult.

Tristen's mother Gidget, said she had him in her arms, but lost her grip. 

"Tristen is very sweet, honest and caring little boy. He's amazing. He's always happy, he's always smiling," said Gidget.

"The family is just very, very distraught, which is very understandable. I would be if it was my child," said Sheriff Randal Ward. "We're a tight community, especially down here at Beaver Dam, and we're just really praying that we can find him." 

Thursday's storms were also blamed for the death of a 72-year-old man in Lawrence County, whose vehicle was swept downstream as he apparently tried to cross a flooded roadway.