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Drowning in Rivervale



Poinsett County Sheriff's Office

Contact: Sheriff Kevin Molder

For More Information: (870) 578-5411 or


(05/20/2024, Poinsett County, Arkansas)


Drowning in Rivervale


On May 19, 2024, at approximately 7:27 PM, the Poinsett County 911 Center received a call reporting a possible drowning at Rivervale. The Poinsett County Sheriff's Office, Poinsett County Sheriff Search and Rescue Team, Lepanto Fire Department, Lepanto Police Department, Caraway Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff's Office, and Caraway Fire Department responded to the scene. 

According to witnesses, 32-year-old Justin Leigh Pool of New Boston, TX, and four other males were swimming in the river at Rivervale when the current pulled Pool under the water. Despite efforts from the other swimmers, they could not save Pool from drowning. Pool's body was recovered at approximately 9:15 PM and was sent to the Medical Examiner at the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy. No foul play is suspected. 

We are grateful to all the departments and individuals who assisted in the recovery. Our thoughts and prayers are with Justin Pool's friends and family.


Sheriff Kevin Molder