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Possible drowning probed after man pulled from creek

A 31-year-old South Boston man died Tuesday night after possibly drowning in a creek on Johnson Mill Road in the Vernon Hill community.

At 7:30 p.m., the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office, Halifax County Emergency Services and Oak Level Fire and EMS units were dispatched to the 1000 block of Johnson Mill Road in the Vernon Hill community for a call about a possible drowning, according to Halifax County Sheriff Fred Clark. 

Upon arrival of Cpl. D.H. Barksdale, Deputy T.H. Clarke and Clark, they were told a man had been recovered from the creek, CPR was in progress and he was being transported to Halifax Regional Hospital.  

The man was identified as 31-year-old Jonathan Brumfield of South Boston. He was pronounced dead later at the hospital.

According to his friends with him at the creek, Brumfield jumped in the water to get his hair wet, came back up but did not resurface again. Witnesses advised Brumfield was underwater approximately 10-15 minutes before his friend was able to locate him and pull him out 

The Halifax County Sheriff’s Office was advised that Brumfield was in good health, a good swimmer and swam at that particular creek many times.  

His body was sent to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Richmond for an autopsy. The investigation is continuing.