Teenager’s death in Lake Ouachita ruled accident


The death of a Pine Bluff teenager whose body was found in Lake Ouachita on Thursday has been ruled an accident, according to the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department.

The death of R.J. Hamilton, 16, was accidental, said Public Information Officer Brandy Wingfield, referring to findings by the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory.

A news release from the sheriff’s office last week said Hamilton was camping with his family from Pine Bluff in the Joplin Camping area at the time of the incident.

Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Montgomery County Coroner.

According to a news release, the initial call came in at 6:37 a.m. and first responders found the body floating in the lake.