Two Teens Drown In Powell County

By: Denny Trease
By: Denny Trease

About a half hour before dark on Friday, Brian Rowland and Billy Eversole went fishing at a one acre pond in Powell County.

One of the boys told his mother they weren't going to fish long so when they hadn't returned in some time, family members went looking for them. At 11:53 a call went out to police who found some alarming evidence.

Powell County Emergency Manager tells 27 NEWSFIRST, "There was an old paddleboat there that they were possibly on and it capsized putting them in the water. That's what we believe happened. I have a son the same age so after the first juvenile was found, it kinda choked me up.

Erna Ferguson, who lives in a house overlooking the pond, watched the recovery effort all night long from her window. She says, "Two young lives gone just like that. It's sad, really sad."

Divers from the Morehead-Rowan County Rescue Squad were brought in to use sonar equipment in the recovery process. The first body was retrieved just at 8am Saturday, the second not until around 2pm.

Friends say both boys were football players and good swimmers, but the coroner says the water temperature and the distance the boys were from shore probably contributed to what he ruled a double drowning, and neither boy was wearing a life vest.

There was a glimmer of hope late Friday night when a call came into police regarding a juvenile sitting on a porch in Clay City, soaking wet.
But strangely enough, that situation turned out to be totally unrelated to the one at the pond.

Funeral arrangements have been set for both teens.

Visitation for Brian Rowland is Monday night, from 6 until 9, at the Scobee Funeral Home in Winchester. His funeral will follow Tuesday afternoon at one, also at the funeral home.

Visitation for Billy Eversole is Monday night, from 5 until 9, at the Wells Funeral Home in Stanton. His funeral will follow Tuesday morning at 11, at the Powell County High School gym.

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  • by felicia Location: win city on Sep 22, 2009 at 10:15 AM
    i grew up with both em they are and will always be missed i love yu guys xoxo
  • by kara Location: winchester on May 1, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    man its hard to think its been a year i grew up wit both of them and i love and miss them both so much.. i guess its tru youll lose 2 outa 4 friends in high skool and unforturnaly they were my 2
  • by ALiCiA Location: BOURBON on Apr 17, 2009 at 12:10 PM
  • by Josie Location: Irvine; ky on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:39 AM
    billy was my cuzzin, he ment so much to me & its just so crazy that he is gone now. he was always there for me when i needed him & he always had my back. we found out we was czzin's on sep 2 2007; now that he is gone im just not the same anymore, but he is always going to be remembered by me.
  • by Josie Location: irvine on Feb 27, 2009 at 06:24 AM
    billy eversole was my cuzzin , & i miss him so much ! i wish he were still here. it was so hard to lose my cuzzin he was the best thing in my life. and he's always going to be remembered my us ! i love billy clay eversole.
  • by lynn Location: irvine on Feb 26, 2009 at 06:42 AM
    billy was my x and he was the best friend and boyfriend you could ever have i love you...
  • by allison Location: powell county on Jan 13, 2009 at 03:56 PM
    hey boys i love you and miss you i feel like i needed to say more to you both i just feel so bad and it really hurts to loose you all. you were my best freinds well i love you all very much i got to go love you so much and i still cant bowl
  • by LACI (brian cusion) Location: clay city on Nov 19, 2008 at 05:54 AM
    i wish you guys were still here i love you and i miss you and i wish i could see you guys againg and i wish that i wish i could have seen you guys before this happend i only got to see you guys a week be 4 this happend i was brian cuz i love you guys and i hope you r.i.p LOVE YOU!!!! lots og love
  • by Teeka Raider Location: PoCo on Nov 14, 2008 at 07:03 PM
    Billy Baby, I will always love you... u were my favorite brother-in-friend... lol... love you too brian... i pray for you guys every night... love you....
  • by shane Location: lebanon i just movied on Nov 6, 2008 at 05:50 AM
    i want u guys to come back life is not the same with out u guys


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