BOLLINGER COUNTY, Mo. — Two children and one adult drowned in two separate incidents in southeast Missouri, as powerful storms moved across the country during Thanksgiving weekend.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol reports at 9:15 a.m., 33-year-old Jacob Luttrell, of Sedgewickville, Mo., drove a vehicle across a low water crossing on Whitewater Creek, on County Road 356. The creek was swollen from recent rains, and the vehicle was swept off the road. Also in the vehicle were three boys, ages 2, 5, and 8. Luttrell and the 2-year-old survived, but the other two boys drowned, and their bodies were recovered and taken to Liley Funeral Home.

Later that day, at around 4:39 p.m., 48-year-old Todd Dean, of Mandeville, La., drove across a low-water crossing on the Whitewater River, on County Road 234. His vehicle was swept downstream as well, and he was later found, drowned, in the vehicle. His body was taken to Bollinger County Morgue.


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