On Monday morning, representatives from Tennessee State Parks held a press conference at Cummins Falls State Park to announce their crews had recovered the body of 2-year-old Steven Pierce of Eddyville, who was reported missing Sunday evening after he and his father, Curtis Pierce, were swept away by flash flooding a couple hundred yards downstream from the falls in what officials referred to as "the gorge." Curtis Pierce was found alive Sunday.
According to J.R. Tinch, Assistant Chief Ranger with Tennessee State Parks, water in the gorge rose in the time frame of about two minutes.
He said Pierce was found just downstream from where he'd been swept away. He attributed the rapidly rising water to excessive rainfall throughout the water shed.
Tinch said at the time of the incident, Pierce was not wearing a life jacket.
He stated that, as with all incidents of this nature, a comprehensive review will be performed to see if any changes need to be made to the park to enhance the safety of guests.