UPDATE: Teen identified after jumping off a cliff at High Falls Park Saturday afternoon

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GROVE OAK, Ala. -- The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office confirmed a teen died after jumping from High Falls Saturday afternoon.

The DeKalb County Coroner has confirmed the identity of the victim as Mason Tompkins, 18, from Acworth, Georgia,

Deputies were called to the park around 2:00. DeKalb County Sheriff's Office Chief Deputy Michael Edmondson said Tompkins had jumped off of one of the higher rocks at the park into the creek; he didn't resurface.

Fischer Rescue Squad, Geraldine Rescue Squad, and other agencies helped deputies search for the teen. Crews recovered the teen's body not far from where he had jumped.

High Falls Park Manager Charles Rowell admits High Falls is dangerous. "You swim at you own risk here," Rowell said.

Tompkin's official cause of death is under investigation.

Both Edmondson and Rowell believe the cliffs can be dangerous. "You just try to talk to them and tell them to be really careful, because it`s a dangerous game down there if you don`t know what you`re doing," Rowell explained.

Tompkins graduated from Harrison High School in Acworth in 2017. He was expected to study political science and play football at Berry College.

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