Texas teen discovered dead after being ejected from a boat with a friend: ‘Our Hearts Are Shattered’

A 14-year-old child was discovered dead in a Texas river after being tossed from a boat during a Memorial Day accident.

According to the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office (JCSO), on Monday afternoon, a boater contacted 911 to report that the victim “had fallen overboard” on the Neches River near Deck Hand Alley.

According to a sheriff’s office press release, the caller said that the victim had “not resurfaced” after falling into the sea.

Conner Curtice was “ejected from the boat” during the accident, according to GoFundMe organizer Lindsi Vercher, who identifies herself as Conner’s mom Ashlea Curtice’s lifelong closest friend.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Warden Captain Ryan Hall said that two companions were riding a boat near the NatGasoline facility on Sulphur Facility Road when the vessel started taking on water.

According to the report, an 18-year-old who was driving the boat stated he and the youngster were attempting to fill up the holes when the boat lurched, sending them both flying.

According to the sheriff’s office, Conner’s corpse was discovered in the river on Tuesday at 6 p.m. local time. The autopsy has been scheduled.

Their hearts are broken, Vercher said on GoFundMe, but the overwhelming overflow of love for their family has given them the strength to press on during this living nightmare.

Texas Game Wardens and the Port Neches Fire Department assisted the JCSO’s Marine Division in conducting an initial search of the region.

Crews undertook an extensive effort using sonar technology to find the body.

Conner will be a freshman at Port Neches-Groves High School next year, according to his family.

On Wednesday, a candlelight memorial was held for Conner.

They thanked all from the bottom of their hearts and requested that one please continue to pray for their family in the weeks and months to come, Vercher said in the campaign’s description, which has received over $53,000 in contributions.

The Texas Game Wardens are leading the investigation into Monday’s event.

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