HANCOCK COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - The search is over for Brody "BJ" Brown. Don Bass, Chief Deputy with the Hancock County Sheriff's Department, confirmed Brown's body was recovered from a pond around 10 a.m. Wednesday morning.
Wednesday night, Hancock County Coroner Jim Faulk said an autopsy indicated drowning as the cause of death. A toxicology analysis is pending, and will take about a month to complete.
The search for the 31-year-old father of two had been ongoing since Saturday night after he disappeared during an event at Muddy Joe's campground in the Kiln.
Bass said the pond Brown's body was found in is the same pond search teams have been tirelessly scouring for days.
According to Brown's wife, he was last seen around 9 p.m. when he told the group he was with he was leaving to go to the restroom.
The community and several law enforcement agencies came together to search the area where Brown was last seen. Family members tell us more than 230 volunteers were registered to help in the search Tuesday, and the search area eventually expanded to more than 400 acres.
Dozens of ATV riders, rescue dogs and mounted patrols spent day and night searching for Brown. The Hancock County Sheriff's Department led the search with assistance from the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources Marine Patrol and a rescue team from Slidell.
State Sen. Sean Tindell is Brown's first cousin. He said family members have a number of unanswered questions about how BJ ended up in the pond, and he hopes those questions can be answered so they know how he died.
"Closure is hard to swallow, but it's better than not knowing. It's a difficult time for our family," said Tindell.
Brown's family members said they appreciate the outpouring of help and support they are receiving from the community.
We are working to gather more details on this tragic story. Look for the latest updates on WLOX News Now and WLOX.com.