Police: wake surfer not wearing life jacket in drowning

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STEUBEN COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) – The man who went missing for nearly two days after going under water and not resurfacing wasn’t wearing a life jacket according to the Steuben County Sheriff’s Department. Conservation officers recovered the body of wake surfer Saturday night.

He’s identified as 20-year-old John Adams. Investigators said they identified Adams’ body using a remote operated vehicle sonar unit at a depth of 56 feet. A diver then went into the water and recovered the body. An autopsy shows Adams died of Asphyxia due to drowning and his death was ruled accidental.

Divers heading back out on Clear Lake to search for missing wakesurfer Saturday, June 29th

According to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Law Enforcement Division, Steuben County 911 received a call at 6:42 p.m. on Thursday about a wakesurfer who had fallen into the water and never came to the surface.

Conservation Officers were assisted by the Angola Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Hamilton Fire Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Fremont Police Department, and Steuben County EMS, Steuben County Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team. 

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