63-year-old man drowns in Lowndes County

By NEMS Daily Journal

COLUMBUS — Columbus police say a 63-year-old man drowned while swimming in Luxapalila Creek. His name was withheld until his family could be notified.

Officer Terrie Songer, a police spokeswoman, tells The Commercial Dispatch that the man’s body was pulled out of the creek after a passerby called 911 about 1:30 p.m. Thursday.

Songer says the man and a woman had spread out a blanket on the bank nearby, and his wallet was on a rock nearby. She says investigators think the man’s friend may have been walking her dog when he went swimming to cool off from 90-degree heat.