SOUTH HUNTINGDON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – The body of a 15-year-old boy reported missing after swimming with friends has been found.
Jacobs Creek is near Chaintown Bridge Road and straddles the line between Westmoreland and Fayette counties.
Crews on ATVs and a dive team looked for the teen who was last seen late Tuesday. The search then resumed Wednesday morning as crews shifted their focus from the land to the water.
Troopers say his body was found a little after 10 a.m. close to a specific and exceedingly dangerous part of the creek. The coroner identified him as NaDarrius Lundy from McKeesport.
According to officials, he was in potentially dangerous waters at night and did not know how to swim.
Police say the part of Jacobs Creek known as Creek Falls is a popular swimming hole, and it can be dangerous. Last night, police say there were several large groups back there, totaling around 100 people.
Trooper Robert Broadwater explained, “The attraction is you get to jump off the ledge of the rocks into the pool of water, which is rather deep, but it’s still a current and it can play games with you when you’re in the water.”
However he says, “There is a ledge that goes underneath and with the flow of the current, you will get trapped under there if you are not a good swimmer if you don’t know the terrain.”
Jada Puchi knows the area well. Her boyfriend lost his life at Jacobs Creek two years ago. She wanted to help with the search.
Speaking with KDKA’s Lisa Washington, Puchi said, “He fell off the rock, like from the top. I would really like to be a part of searching and helping this boy be found.”
Puchi’s mother, Danielle Puchi, drove her daughter to Jacobs Creek Wednesday morning, saying, “She came to me this morning and then I felt compelled to come here to help.”
KDKA’s Ross Guidotti reports there’s an autopsy pending and the investigation is ongoing. But talking to officials, it appears this is nothing but a tragic accident.