CAVE-IN-ROCK, Ill. — Police said the Coast Guard pulled the body of 24-year-old Jesse Waters of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, out of the water in Union County, Kentucky, in the Sturgeon Island area.
That’s just about 100 feet from the Gathering of the Juggalos. Police have since confirmed Waters disappeared from the gathering Friday night before his body turned up on the Sturgeon Island. Police said they don’t suspect foul play.
Sheriff Lloyd Cullison said the event Waters was attending is bringing more trouble than it’s worth.
The Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering of the Juggalos is over and the cleanup process has begun. The Juggalos are leaving town until next year but Sheriff Lloyd Cullison wishes they would leave and not come back.
“A lot of drug arrests,” Cullison said. “A couple firearms taken off of people. We had one guy that was high on drugs and tried to stab a couple people with some glass.”
Any town would love for 10,000 people to come and visit, right? Well, not Hardin County, Illinois. Cullison said it’s not worth the trouble.
“I’ve been a policeman for 36 years and I’ve never seen anything like this. Just so out of control,” Cullison said.
He said to gain control of any situation is tough because the lack of manpower his department has.
“For a police department to not be able to handle it and do anything about it, just makes you feel helpless.”
Although Illinois State Police did assist his department, it still puts a strain on resources that are sparse.
“Without them guys, I would have been in a lot of trouble,” Cullison said of ISP’s help.
He said the trouble only grows year after year. With a jail that only holds eight and arrests in the hundreds, he said enough is enough.
“It seems like every year it gets a little worst,” he said.
If he had any choice in the matter, he never wants them to return.
“Have it somewhere else,” he said. “We can’t handle it in Hardin County.”
Local 6 tried to talk to event organizers and the owner of Hog-Rock Campgrounds. They said they don’t speak to the media and asked us to leave the property immediatly.
Again, police say they don’t suspect foul play in Waters’ death. They’ll release the official cause of death after an autopsy and toxicology reports.