Body of Rantavious Love Recovered from Coosa River

Elmore County officials have recovered the body of a 15-year-old boy who went missing earlier this week.

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis confirms the body of Rantavious Love was recovered at 6:45 this morning near Gold Star Park.

Love was swept away in the Coosa River while swimming with friends Wednesday afternoon. Crews had searched for him over the past days.

“This river is a bad river for children and it’s sad to see them when they get out there,” says Wetumpka Resident Julie Jones.

Jones says, just like many people she was hoping for the best.

“I have been on my knees and prayed so hard for this family. It’s sad and I’m glad that they are finally going to get-I don’t know how to say it-relief, comfort,” says Jones.

Love’s body was located about 200 yards south of Gold Star Park Boat Ramp.

“The day that Rantavious came to swim the water was moving at 18 miles per hour and he seemed to be a very strong kid,” says Wetumpka Police Chief Greg Benton.

Wetumpka Mayor Jerry Willis says, the past few days have been very tough.

“We lose one or two a year and it’s just senseless but I know it gets hot and people want to cool off and this is what we get,” says Willis.

Going forward Mayor Willis says there has to be a solution.

“We’re looking at different things that we can possibly do to educate them more about the river. Should we putting out life jackets? But if we put out life jackets are we encouraging you to come and swim in the river?”

“I live by the river and I see children go back and forth past my house-to the river everyday for the summer, they’ve got no place to go and a splash pad and a swimming pool would be awesome,” says Jones.

Love would have been a freshman at Wetumpka High School in the fall.

Love was not wearing a life jacket when he was swimming.


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