TWO young brothers have mysteriously been found dead at a lake alongside their 22-year-old sister with cops saying they “have not ruled out foul play.”
The three siblings tragically died after an apparent drowning incident at a Georgia lake Thursday night.
Lincoln County officials responded to a possible drowning event on Thursday at around 9pm ET.
Bystanders recovered the bodies of the two boys while officials used sonar equipment to locate the older sister.
The oldest sibling was identified as Raven Powell while the two boys were identified as Mason Powell, 4, and Sawyer Powell, 3.
The coroner’s office confirmed the siblings died sometime after 5pm.
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“They were our world. They mean everything to us,” cousin of the siblings Hannah Redfern told WRDW.
The family said the boys were excited to take a trip to the lake with their sister, and they could never guess these would be the three’s final moments.
A heartbreaking final video of Mason and Sawyer playing shows the two children in life jackets by the water, raising more questions surrounding their tragic death.
“There are no words to describe it other than horrible,” Redfern said.
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“It’s crazy how it happened within a blink of an eye.”
All three bodies are being sent to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.
Officials with the GBI said they have not ruled out foul play in their investigation.
“We have not ruled out anything at this point as the autopsy will hopefully provide us with more information as well as the interviews and other investigative leads we are following,” said GBI’s Pat Morgan.
Family members said the young boys were playful and highly affectionate children.
“I have this video of me just lying there on the couch with both boys,” Redfern said.
“À la fin de la vidéo, both grabbed me by my face and kissed me, and Sawyer had just learned to say I love you. He said ‘I love you.’
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“They are at peace now.”
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources is investigating the event alongside the sheriff’s office and the GBI.