There is an update on the Louisiana State University Eunice basketball player Everette Jackson who went missing after being swept away on the Payette River. According to reports, his body has been found in Idaho putting an end to the search.
Atlanta Blackstar got the details;
On Sunday, June 19, a volunteer located the remains of Everette Jackson, a Black 21-year-old man from Raceland, Louisiana, approximately two miles downstream from the Washington Street Bridge, the spot where he was last seen by his girlfriend and witnesses of the unfortunate river accident on Saturday, June 11, a press release from the Gems County Police Department reports.
The search for his body was organized hours after his disappearance over a week ago, spanning from the Gem County Sports Complex to New Plymouth and including medical professionals, various law enforcement and emergency response agencies, volunteers and Jackson’s family.
Gem County Sheriff Donnie Wunder said, “Our thoughts and prayers are with the family during this very difficult time. We are grateful to all of the emergency responders and volunteers who made this recovery possible.”
Teams were challenged by the same dangerously high and swift-moving water that consumed Jackson’s body, impeding the search several times for the college basketball player.
The sheriff stated, “The best time to float or raft is when it’s about 1200 cfs [cubic feet per second], and the night that he went into the water, the river was flowing a little over 10,000 cfs. Then Sunday, we got all the rain, and Monday the water went clear up to 13,200 cfs.”
Local reports noted the river was experiencing extraordinary water level surges because of recent heavy rains. In four days, from the Thursday before his accident until the day he went missing, the water rose an estimated two feet, causing the river to crest to eight feet deep and race downstream 10,200 cubic feet per second.
Jackson went tubing on the river with his girlfriend Gracie Kolka and several other associates. Both Jackson and his girlfriend missed their exit along the tubing route leading to the dock. Kolka was able to grab onto a branch and get to safety, but Jackson was not. As a result, he reportedly was pulled away in the current to his death.
There have been some questions about the incident considering Jackson wasn’t treated very well by Kolka’s parents who are Mormons when he met them in Idaho.
THE girlfriend of an ex-basketball star has revealed the tragic details about his final moments after a heartbreaking video from their tubing trip emerges.
Everette Jackson, 21, fell from his tube while on the Payette River near Boise after missing his exit and attempted to grab his girlfriend’s hand before being sucked away by rushing water, his girlfriend said.
A Snapchat video captures Jackson’s heart-wrenching final moments with his girlfriend as they float down the river together.
Flip to the next page for some believing the girlfriend had something to do with his tragic passing.