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Weather Hampers Search For Kansas Hunter’s Body

Associated Press - December 30, 2013 8:22 pm

Recovery teams plan to resume searching for a Fort Riley soldier who drowned on Christmas Eve while duck-hunting on a northeast Kansas lake.

Recovery teams plan to resume searching for a Fort Riley soldier who drowned on Christmas Eve while duck-hunting on a northeast Kansas lake.

Thirty-one-year-old Thomas Hedrick fell into the icy lake the morning of Dec. 24 while trying to retrieve a duck shot by a fellow hunter.

Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolff said Monday that bad weather has been hampering efforts by multiple agencies to recover Hedrick’s body. The sheriff says a break in the weather is expected Tuesday, when dive teams and sonar-equipped boats will resume the search.

Wolf has said the active-duty soldier went out on a makeshift boat to retrieve the duck, but stepped out onto an ice sheet when the boat began taking on water.