Family of Geneva County drowning victim speaks out

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Geneva County, AL (WSFA) – Authorities have released the name of the teenager who drowned Tuesday night in a pond in Geneva County.

Josh O'neal Wynn, 17, was working to build cattle fences at a farm in Geneva County off Highway 87 on James Wise Road.  His co-workers say he stopped to cool off in a pond, went under, and never came back up.

Despite their efforts to help, his co-workers weren't able to find him.  Search teams with the Geneva County Sheriff's Department found his body two hours later.

Family members of the 17-year-old are trying to cope with their loss and come to grips with how it could have happened.

They describe Josh as the kind of person who could light up a room.  They say he always had a smile on his face and never met a stranger.

When he wasn't working, his uncle says he was outside—fishing, hunting, and swimming.

That's why they're so puzzled as to why he could have drowned because he was a strong and experienced swimmer.

His Uncle, Junior Kelly, said, "It just doesn't make sense.  The only thing I can say, and this is hard for me to say, is that it had to be his time.  He had to be taken.  To know he's gone—It's going to hurt for a long time."

Geneva County Sheriff Greg Ward said, "It's always hard to see something like this happen.  But it's worse when you know the family, you're close to the family, and you have children that same age.  I have a 17 year old son.  I don't know how the family is handling it."

Junior Kelly says that the owner of the property where Josh drowned contacted them and has decided to name the pond the Josh Wynn Pond.

He would have been a Senior at Slocomb High School starting this fall.

The funeral for Josh Wynn is scheduled for Friday at 2:00 PM at the New Hinson Baptist Church in Slocomb.

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