On July 5, 2014 The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was dispatched to a possible drowning in the Tuckasegee River, near the East La Port Recreation Park in the Cullowhee Community of Jackson County. When deputies arrived on scene, Cullowhee Fire Department, Med West EMS, and the Jackson County Rescue Squad were already on scene providing aid to the victim. The victim was transported to Med West Hospital where he was pronounced deceased a short time later. The victim was swimming in the area with friends when the event occurred. The victim has been identified as 18 year old Timothy Michael Adams of Wake Forest. Adams had been enrolled at Western Carolina University for 5 days prior to the drowning. The circumstances surrounding the drowning are still under investigation.