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UPDATE: Presumed Drowning at Milford Lake

Todd PittengerMay 2, 2022

After weather conditions prompted a search to end early on Monday, authorities will continue searching Tuesday for a man who went missing Saturday and is presumed drowned at an area lake.

According to the Geary County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded to the Eagle Ridge Campground in Milford State Park Saturday afternoon at around 3:30 p.m. in reference to a woman who had drifted into shoreline in a homemade water vessel.  The woman stated she and a male subject were walking the shoreline near Curtis Creek when they located a water vessel made from 55 gallon drums and 2×4 lumber. The couple entered the water in the vessel when they were caught by the wind and were being pulled towards the main body of the lake.

The male subject jumped into the water to swim to the shore to call for help. The subject was last seen in the water as the woman drifted away in the vessel and the incident is being investigated as a possible drowning at this time.

Multiple agencies from across the region joined the Geary Sheriff’s Office Marine Unit and the Geary County Sheriff’s Office/Junction City Fire Department Dive Team in the search for the missing subject.

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Milford State Park photo

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