Sheriff Confirms Shelbyville Man Drowned in Toledo Bend on Tuesday

August 3, 2022 - Shelby County Sheriff Kevin Windham confirms a Shelbyville man drowned in Toledo Bend Reservoir yesterday, August 2, 2022.

The family of Don Jackson notified the Sheriff's Department around 4:30pm that they were concerned because they had not heard from him since going out on the water to check trot lines near East Hamilton Boat Ramp.

Due to treacherous waters, Game Wardens assisting the Sheriff's Department with the search needed a larger boat to handle the rough conditions and Micheal Andrews allowed emergency responders use of his boat for the search. According to weather data for the area, during the search and recovery time, wind speeds did rise to 14mph with gusts up to 20mph making law enforcements' job much more difficult. During the day, wind speeds ranged from 5-7mph.

After Jackson was located, Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 Marla Denby performed the inquest. No autopsy was requested.

Additional information is pending a release by the Shelby County Sheriff's Department.