The Mississippi Medical Examiner’s Office has positively identified that the boy of a male found in the Yocona River on Monday was that of Lafayette County resident, Stephen Tyler Emerick, Lafayette County Coroner Rocky Kennedy said. The medical examiner also determined there was no sign of “lethal trauma” to the body and no evidence of an assault or foul play on behalf of another person. (May 8, 2013, Page 2A)
Stephen Tyler Emerick, the Lafayette County teen, is still missing after more than two days of searching. Search and rescue teams were back out on the Yocona River this morning in the rain attempting to locate Emerick who has been missing since leaving work at 8 p.m. Monday. His truck was found Wednesday morning near the Grinder’s Switch area near Taylor, parked near the river. (May 3, 2013, Page 1A)
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department and area search and rescue teams were back out this morning in the Grinder Switch area searching for missing 19-year-old Stephen Tyler Emerick.
Residents along Punkin Creek and Yocona River are hoping to get some help clearing out the now-clogged waterways after a tornado and straight-line winds blew down thousands of trees last month. (June 1, 2011, Page 1)
The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality issued a temporary water contact advisory Wednesday for Burney Branch and an unnamed tributary near the University of Mississippi campus. Officials say a new waste water treatment plant at the university may have leaked some sludge into the streams. MDEQ warns against swimming or fishing in the streams. (April 13, 2011, Page 2)
Historian Jack Lamar Mayfield writes this week about the invasion of Oxford by Union forces just before Christmas in 1862. (December 10, 2010, Page 2B)