Body Of Missing Swimmer Identified

A missing swimmer whose body was recovered on Monday has been identified as 19-year-old Phillip White. White was a member of Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 133, currently on active duty.

Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove told WLOX News that White had been swimming with friends Saturday evening when he went missing. It happened near Grasshopper Island in Biloxi's Back Bay.

The recovery was made Monday afternoon by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol -- with the assistance of DMR Marine Fisheries staff.

Officials say Marine Fisheries staff used side-scan sonar equipment to detect the outline of a body in about 35 feet of water. Within minutes, the body was recovered by the patrol.