The Humphreys County Sheriff’s Department has found the body of Karen Greer and Craig Morgan’s 19-year-old son Jerry Greer. A representative for the country singer said the boy died after suffering a boating accident on Kentucky Lake. Artists have expressed their condolences on social media. Police began the search on Sunday’s afternoon after the family reported that Jerry was missing.
Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Rod Edward said the recent high-school graduate had been tubing alongside a friend. Both fell into the water, but Jerry didn’t surface, said CBS News. Some points of Tennessee River in Humphreys County are 15 feet deep. Local police alongside rescue organizations used an estimated 50 boats and a submarine to search for Greer. The teenager was reportedly using a life jacket when he suffered the accident.
Police used more than 50 boats to search for Jerry Greer on Kentucky Lake
A representative for country star Craig Morgan confirmed the news on Tuesday. He told E! News that Jerry had planned to attend Marshall University as a football player. The boy was a graduate of Dickson County High School.
“The Humphreys County (TN) Sheriff’s Department recovered his body this evening after a search that began Sunday following a boating accident on Kentucky Lake in Tennessee. A 2016 graduate of Dickson County High School, Jerry planned to play football for Marshall University in the fall,” a Craig Morgan’s representative told E! News.
The statement added that Greer’s family is thankful for all support. Funeral arrangements are currently being organized. Jerry Greer was the brother of Aly Beaird, Ryan Beaird, Kyle Greer and Wyatt Greer.
19-year-old Jerry Greer has been missing since 4pm yesterday. Multiple agencies involved in recovery pic.twitter.com/1glbTIRtlt
— Dan Kennedy (@NC5_DanKennedy) July 11, 2016
Dickson County High School issued a statement on Wednesday sending condolences and prayers to the family. Counselors at the institution will be available to support students in the coming days.
Singer and songwriter Craig Morgan is recognized for the hits “Bonfire” (2009), “Redneck Yacht Club” (2005), “That’s What I Love About Sunday” (2004) and “Almost Home” (2003). He is a member of the Grand Ole Opry festival in Tennessee since 2008, said Rolling Stone.
Craig Morgan’s latest album was released in June 2016. The country star has also debuted on TV, with Craig Morgan: All Access Outdoors. Last week’s episode featured the veteran of the United States Army and his son Jerry, killing a goat in Hawaii.
Our thoughts and prayers are with @cmorganmusic, his family, and the rescue team working tirelessly to find his son.
— Grand Ole Opry (@opry) July 11, 2016
Artists mourn Jerry Greer’s death: Brad Paisley, Lee Greenwood, Terry Clark
Artists, country singers, and fans have sent support messages to Jerry’s family on social Media. The Grand Ole Opry issued a Tweet on Monday sending thoughts and prayers to the country singer and the rescue team “who worked tirelessly to find Jerry.”
Country songwriter Brad Paisley, country singer Lee Greenwood, guitarist Lindsay Ell, singer Terri Clark and country artist Chuck Wicks, who was a participant on Nashville series, have expressed their condolences on Twitter.
Myself, my band and crew, our hearts are broken for our friend @cmorganmusic and his family. There are no words.
— Brad Paisley (@BradPaisley) July 12, 2016
Simply heartbroken for my friend @cmorganmusic & his family. No words – just prayers and love! God bless their family!
— Lee Greenwood (@TheLeeGreenwood) July 12, 2016
— Terri Clark (@TerriClarkMusic) July 12, 2016
Source: E! News