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Missing man's body found in Beaverfork Lake

Posted: June 10, 2014 - 1:08pm

The body of a missing boater has been found on Beaverfork Lake.

According to Keith Stephens with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, the body of John Sanders was found by two fisherman near the spillway of Beaverfork Lake Tuesday morning. He had gone missing on Friday.

“He was an awesome employee and an awesome friend, not just to me, but to our sanitation department family,” department director Cheryl Harrington said. “We were all excited that he was able to retire and was going to be able to do the things he enjoyed, and some of those things were fishing and spending time with his family.”

Harrington said that Sanders was remembered in her department as the kind of person “who didn’t have bad days.”

Conway Fire Chief Mike Winter said that a fisherman found Sanders’ overturned boat at around 6 p.m. Friday and anchored a bouy to mark the location before towing the boat back in. Fire department divers searched the area where the boat was found for about two hours on Friday night, and the department had been using sonar instruments to scan the lakebed. 

Chief of Police A.J. Gary said that some of his officers searched the banks of the lake on Friday night as well.

Early Friday afternoon a brief but strong windstorm swept through, but the weather was fair by late afternoon and evening. Winter said that based on what he's heard it's possible that Sanders was on the lake when the windstorm came through. 

The search continued off an on as weather permitted.

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