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Man Drowns While Fishing In Siloam Springs

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A man drowned in a Siloam Springs river Friday night while fishing with his family, according to responding authorities.

Timothy Clements, 18, was fishing with his father and two brothers in the Illinois River, when his pole fell into the water. He went into the river after it, but never emerged, according to the Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

The man’s father and two brothers jumped in after him, but could not recover him, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Emergency crews responded at 6:56 p.m. to the site of the drowning, near Old Highway 68 and U.S. 412. Dive teams from the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were called in to search for and recover the body, according to the Siloam Springs Police Department.

Crews discovered Clements’ body Saturday after temporarily suspending the search the previous night because of darkness, according to a call log released by the Sheriff’s Office.

Investigators do not suspect drugs or alcohol had anything to do with the drowning, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

An obituary filed through the Wasson Funeral Home in Siloam Springs states Clements was a graduate of Decatur High School and was inducted as an ensign in the U.S. Navy.

Clements’ funeral is set for Saturday, the obituary states.

Several people left tribute messages on Clements’ profile on the funeral home website.

NorthWest Arkansas Community College President Evelyn E. Jorgenson left a message stating, “Though I did not know Timothy personally, I’ve already heard many kind words from employees here at the College who knew or had met Timothy. He is described as having a kind and generous spirit.”

Jorgenson continues, “How very difficult it must be to lose a fine young man, a son, so early in his life. I too have a son and can only imagine how difficult your loss must be. The thoughts and prayers of all of us at NorthWest Arkansas Community College are with you at this difficult time. Please know that we care.”

Decatur High School Counselor Nancy Cotter also left a messages, which states, “As the years pass, when I remember Timmy, I will be remembering a young man who possessed the characteristics of unselfish behavior toward others as exemplified by his reaching out to always offer a helping hand to those in need.”

Cotter’s message concludes, “An individual who showed maturity far beyond his years. He had already developed a plan for his life. He possessed a desire for adventure as shown by his enlistment in the navy. I will remember his smile and gentle ways. May God bless you and keep you as you deal with the loss of Timmy. He was an outstanding young man.”


  • amber knox

    Before you post your rude comment, why dont you think before you speak, age and swimming has NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!! If you knew the location this young man drown, if you knew how strong the under currant was, if you knew the hole and the rushing water that trapped him, then maybe you would have not been so rude to say he couldn’t swim, would the navy take on a man who couldn’t swim, no. He was someone’s son, someone’s brother, a grandson a nephew. Timmy you will be missed and you are so loved! Please continue to watch over your family and keep them safe.

  • Anon2014

    Actually the Navy does take people who can’t swim, you learn in bootcamp if you do not know how to swim already.

    • concerned citizen

      Very true. If you can’t swim they put you in “Company 4999” until you can pass the swim test.

      My heart goes out to the family of Timmy.

  • christine

    Timmy was a kind and considerate soul. He was a great example to young people. He will be missed. That river is dangerous.

  • Sara

    I must have missed the comment amber is mentioning, at no point have I seen or heard anyone say anything rude about this young man not being able to swim, only that it is very sad. And people should be aware that the current is very strong and people need to take that into consideration. This is very sad and I truly feel for this young mans family and friends.

  • youa

    Timmy was one of my childhood friends. I have missed him dearly since he no longer walks around us. My heart is still crushed from hearing about this. And I think about it every day. We will miss timmy.

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