Authorities recover body from Brantley Lake State Park | KOB 4

Authorities recover body from Brantley Lake State Park

Faith Egbuonu
Updated: May 18, 2020 10:21 AM
Created: May 14, 2020 06:21 PM

ROSWELL, N.M. —An approximately 30-year-old man from Las Vegas, Nevada had reportedly gone missing at Brantley Lake State Park, north of Carlsbad, since Wednesday afternoon. Authorities say a body was found Sunday. 

“He was out in a kind of kayak-raft type watercraft, and apparently a gust of wind came up and took him off his watercraft,” said Eddy County Sheriff Mark Cage. “From what we’re hearing, he was trying to gather up his belongings that were floating in the water and from what we understand—some folks offered to help him and he said ‘No, I’m good’ and apparently the raft floated away.”


Shortly after, things took a turn for the worse.

"The last thing that folks saw was him waving his arms, they tried to get out to him, and they were unable to find him,” said Sheriff Cage. 

Detectives with the Eddy County Sheriff's Office are still investigating the death. If anyone has information about the incident, they are asked to call Captain Matthew Hutchinson or Detective Josh Rodriguez at (575) 887-7551. 

Investigators said this is the second drowning at Brantley Lake State Park within a year. The first one occurred in August 2019. 

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