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Officials ID teens who died in Tishomingo creek

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Search teams scoured the banks of Pennington Creek in Tishomingo for two missing teens. (Facebook/Johnston County Emergency Management) Search teams scoured the banks of Pennington Creek in Tishomingo for two missing teens. (Facebook/Johnston County Emergency Management)

TISHOMINGO, Okla. -- The search is now over for two teenagers who went missing on Sunday after making plans to swim in a swollen creek.

Johnston County Emergency Management said divers found 18-year-old Van Hicks at 11 a.m. Wednesday about 200 feet from Pennington Creek Dam in Tishomingo. James Braxton, 17, was located around 7 p.m. Tuesday in the same area.

The search began Sunday after the boys went swimming and then disappeared. Emergency Management director Kenny Power said that Pennington Creek is a popular place to swim, but when you add high water and swift currents, it can be a dangerous and deadly combination.

"My theory is, the water took a hold of them and it took them places they didn't want to go," he said. "You're talking about a creek that is normally low -- like it is now -- that was 10 foot higher than it is now. The water was running very quickly, and you put yourself in water that is two foot deep and it's very swift; it can sweep you under."

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