Two Webster Parish Teens Drowned in Claiborne Parish Creek

On Sunday afternoon, May 16th, five teenagers went swimming in Flat Lick Creek, about five miles south of Highway 2.  At around 4:45 p.m., a Claiborne Parish 911 operator received a report of two missing swimmers in the creek. 

Deputies arrived on scene and spoke with the three teenage boys. 

Several other agencies in north Louisiana responded to the scene to help with the search. 

At around 6:00 p.m., divers began searching the water.  Minutes later, they recovered the bodies of Tavious Tate and Donald Owens, both 16 years old and both from Springhill. 

Claiborne Parish Coroner Dr. Mark Haynes pronounced the victims dead.  Their bodies were transported to Little Rock, Arkansas for autopsies.