Jackson County

Vancleave man goes missing, found dead hours later

Anthony Pippenger
Anthony Pippenger Submitted

A Vancleave man drowned Sunday at a popular swimming hole around the Barge Landing boat launch on Sunday, Jackson County Sheriff Mike Ezell said.

“He was out there swimming, and he went under and never came up,” Ezell said. “It looks like an accidental drowning.”

Anthony Pippenger, 38, was pronounced dead at the scene shortly before 4 p.m. Sunday.

Jackson County sheriff’s deputies and the dive team went to the scene shortly after Pippenger, a resident of the Bluff Creek campground in Jackson County, went missing about noon.

The Jackson County Sheriff’s dive team and the marine patrol officers found Pippenger’s body just before 4 p.m.

Several other people were swimming in the same area at the time.

An autopsy is pending.

The investigation into the drowning is continuing, though no foul play was suspected.

Margaret Baker: 228-896-0538, @Margar45