Six days after he went missing while swimming with friends near Coffey's Cove Marina on Herrington Lake in Boyle County, officials have been able to locate Emanuel "Manny" Prewitt.
Several sources confirmed to The Register on Tuesday night that search crews had retrieved his body from the water.
The search began immediately after the Madison Central senior football player was seen going under the water last Wednesday afternoon (June 10). As many as 30 people were in the area for several days helping with the efforts to locate the 17-year-old.
On Friday, a team of specialists from Tennessee came in to help with the investigation.
On Tuesday, WKYT reported a underwater ROV (remotely operated vehicle) was brought in to assist with the search.
As news of the discovery of the body started to spread, there was an emotional and overwhelming reaction from his teammates and friends on social media.
"(I) will forever love you man," Nathan Storie, a teammate of Prewitt posted on Twitter.
"Thank you god. You’re finally coming on home. Forever my family. Love you bro," Sam Arthur tweeted.
"Thank god you are coming home. Everything is for you. See ya again one day, brother," Evan Dexter tweeted.
"I (will) love you forever, my brother," Zach Holbrook posted on Twitter.
The official twitter account for Madison Central High School Athletics posted this comment: "Please continue to pray for this beautiful family. They need your help now more than ever."
Many of the social media posts about Prewitt featured the hashtags #mannystrong and #11.
Prewitt, who wore No. 11, played in all 11 games last season for the Indians. The defensive back had 28 tackles, which was tied for 10th on the team.
He played in six games in 2018 as Central won its first-ever regional championship.
More than 100 students and friends gathered at the football field at the school on Thursday night to honor Prewitt. Central principal Brandon Fritz and football coach Mark Scenters spoke to the crowd.
"This is as real a message as you will ever receive in your life," Scenters said. "The next day, the next hour, the next minute, the next second — none of that is promised. It is not guaranteed."
A GoFundMe page was set up for the Prewitt family last week. It exceeded its initial goal of $10,000 in less than 24 hours. By Monday afternoon, the fundraiser had raised more than $24,000 from 36 donors.