ORANGE BEACH, AL - The bodies of a missing 19-year-old and 12-year-old from Baton Rouge were recovered from the Gulf of Mexico after a supposed drowning, according to a report from WKRG.
Authorities with Orange Beach Police say the body of the 12-year-old was found around 6:40 a.m. on Sat. and the body of his 19-year-old brother was found shortly after.
The older brother was identified by family members as Steward Spencer III, the younger as Joshua Spencer, according to the report.
The East Baton Rouge Parish School System released a statement following the deaths of the two brothers, one of whom was a student at an area school.
East Baton Rouge Parish School System officials were saddened to learn of the recent loss of Scotlandville Middle Student Athlete Joshua Spencer. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends as they grieve during this tragedy. As a school district, we will work to provide support for the students and faculty of the school by providing counseling and support through this difficult period. School guidance counselors, I CARE specialists, and other support staff will be on campus Monday morning.
The search began late Friday evening after the pair went missing from a location a resort on Perdido Beach Boulevard in Orange Beach. The search was suspended overnight but ended early Saturday morning when the bodies were recovered from the Gulf of Mexico, according to posts from the Orange Beach Police Department.