UPDATE: 2-year-old drowning victim identified at Cummins Falls

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JACKSON COUNTY, Tenn. — The subject of the search in Jackson County has been identified after being found at 7:12 a.m.

The boy has been identified as Steven Pierce.

According to officials, Pierce had been with his parents, who had also required rescuing.

Officials said that a total of 63 people required saving at Cummins Falls.

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The search for the missing 2-year-old boy at Cummins Falls ended Monday morning after the boy’s body was found.

More details will be available after a press conference at 10 a.m.

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The search continues for a missing toddler after a massive water rescue operation Sunday at Cummins Falls in Jackson County. 

The Putnam County Rescue Squad’s Swiftwater team said crews conducted water rescues at Cummins Falls at the request of Jackson County. 

According to Jackson County officials, a large rush of water left a large number of park-goers stranded at and in the water.

Multiple victims were escorted out under their own power and several others were rescued by swift water teams. 

Officials said 63 people were saved from the water. 

A 2-year-old boy is still missing. Officials said the boy was with his parents, who also had to be rescued. 

Rescue crews have called off the search for the night and will pick it back up in the morning as a recovery mission. 

Cummins Falls in Jackson County, Tennessee, is one of the most beautiful locations in all of Middle Tennessee.  

Its beauty draws tens of thousands of people to the park each year, but it can also be a very dangerous place as witnessed in July 2017 when a flash flood roared through the gorge.  

“It was almost the perfect storm,” said Park Manager Ray Cutcher. “It dropped about three inches of rain in a very short period of time. Eye witnesses at the bottom at the time said they looked up and there was a wall of water coming over the waterfall, and within minutes, water was surrounding them and they were trapped where they were.” 

A total of 48 people were rescued that day, some of which by a Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter that happened to be in the area.  

The pilot hovered just feet above the rushing water in the narrow gorge and removed people trapped on boulders in midstream.  

Two people drowned that day, including one woman who came on her own to help the rescue operation.  

After the flood, Tennessee state parks strengthened its communication with the National Weather Service.  

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