MONTICELLO — Divers located the body of a 6-year-old Benjamin Hayes of Wilmar who went missing while swimming with his family at Lake Monticello Wednesday afternoon.

MONTICELLO — Divers located the body of a 6-year-old Benjamin Hayes of Wilmar who went missing while swimming with his family at Lake Monticello Wednesday afternoon.

Benjamin’s body was located following a 2-hour search about 60-feet from the bank on the Arkansas 35 side of Lake Monticello where he had been playing in a roped-off swimming area.

Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, who knew the family, said when he saw Benjamin recently the child told him he wanted to be a police officer when he grew up.

Gober said he replied, “‘No, you want to be the sheriff.’”

Benjamin is the fourth person to drown at Lake Monticello since 2009.

Seth Hall, 17, of Missouri, died on June 17, 2011, while swimming near the dock area Lake Monticello; Antuan Deundre Clifton, a 16-year-old Wilmar boy, was taken off life support eight days after he was pulled from Lake Monticello on June 7, 2010; and Robert Brazeale, a 21-year-old Monticello man, drowned at the lake on May 20, 2009 about five feet from the dock on the Arkansas 35 access side of the lake.

A 15-year-old Star City boy, Patrick James, is believed to be the first person to drown at Lake Monticello. It is believed to have occurred in 2005.