Community support funds funeral expenses of 10-year-old drowning victim


Authorities have identified the 10-year-old boy whose body was recovered Wednesday after he drowned.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office telling WATE 6 On Your Side the boy was Ryelin Acres, 10, of Oneida.

The boy’s funeral expenses were covered by supportive members of the community.

The Scott County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement via its Facebook Friday:

“As of 5:30 pm today according to Four Oaks Owner/ Director Paula Bridges the outpouring of support from the citizens of Scott County has covered the funeral expenses for 10 year old Ryelin Acres. Paula expressed her gratitude to everyone that has came together to make sure Ryelins family didn’t have the burden of worrying about how they were going to pay for his final arrangements. On behalf of Four Oaks Funeral Home we would like to thank each of you that supported this family weather you gave money or just said a prayer.”

– Scott County Sheriff’s Office

Park authorities were searching for a missing 10-year-old in the White Oak Creek area on O&W Road Wednesday. The search began on Tuesday night, according to Big South Fork National Park Superintendent Niki Nicholas.

The child was presumed to have drowned as he was initially reported to be swimming in a creek when the incident occurred.

Multiple agencies were involved in the search and recovery efforts.

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