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6-Year-Old Twins Drown In Greene County

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LEAKESVILLE, MISS. - Officials in Greene County find the bodies of 6-year-old twin boys who fell into Chickasawhay River.

Issac and James McGowan disappeared Saturday near their family's house in Leakesville on the river.

"When we lost our two boys in the community it was a big loss," said Greene County Resident Shelley Eubanks.

She said Leakesville is a small-knit community and when something like this happens, word travels fast.

"It's very sad," she said.

Authorities said the two boys were playing outside when the accident happened.

"We received a call around 5:30 p.m. on June 29," said Pam Anderson, with the Greene County Sheriff's Department.

Anderson said the twins were with their father and two other adults.

"They were playing on a sand bar and they apparently stepped off into some deeper water and they lost sight of them," she said.

Eubanks says it has been a hard three days for the community.

"We started praying and hoping they would be ok," she said.

The first body was found around 6 p.m. Sunday and the second around 5 a.m. Monday.  

"Leakesville needs prayers right now especially the McGowan family," Eubanks said.

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