“Along with fire and rescue personnel, several of my deputies did not hesitate to plunge into the freezing water to search for the victim, in total disregard for their own safety,” Ralston said in an emailed statement. “Unfortunately, a life was lost. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.”
Investigators believe Joseph may have been in the cold water at least 50 minutes, Derryberry said.
Joseph attended Sonoraville Middle School, according to his Facebook page.