EVANSVILLE, INDIANA — Search crews found the body of Maurice Blake Gray, 16, Sunday afternoon in Pigeon Creek, less than 75 yards away from where he was last seen.
“It appears it was a fishing accident gone really badly,” Lt. Duane Englert with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officers said.
Witnesses said Gray was fishing with his stepsister’s boyfriend Saturday evening when he started struggling with his fishing pole. Officials tell Eyewitness News that Gray was seen tripping over tree roots into Pigeon Creek, which has a very strong current.
“I feel lost. My brother was my everything. Now that I have to face the fact that he’s gone just tears me up inside,” Gray’s sister, Sabrina Shyanne Roberts, said.
Search crews found Gray’s body around 2:45 Sunday afternoon. An Evansville Fire Department diver discovered his body with help from a remote-operate miniature submarine equipped with sonar and a camera.
About an hour later, search crews brought his body on land at Dress Plaza, delivering it to the Vanderburgh County Coroner’s Office, which is continuing to investigate, hoping to bring some closure to the family.
“They’re pretty devastated by it obviously. Plenty of family members are helping each other out but it is very hard for them,” Englert said.
“I love you, Blake. You was the best little brother I ever had,” Roberts said.