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Body of missing man recovered from lake

January 25, 2019

STANTON — Dive teams recovered the body of a missing man last seen Sunday on Maskenthine Lake near here about 11:30 a.m. Thursday.

Stanton County Sheriff Mike Unger confirmed that the body of Eddie Myrick, 55, of Stanton had been recovered by a rescue team.

Unger said dive crews were out before sunset Wednesday and again Thursday morning looking for Myrick and his motorcycle.

An extensive ground search for Myrick had been undertaken on Sunday and Monday. The search was suspended later Monday after conditions at the lake were deemed too dangerous on parts of the ice.

Unger said no sign of Myrick was located during the ground search, but aerial footage showed several areas of interest on the lake. On Wednesday afternoon, an aerial search with a drone indicated pertinent physical evidence on the lake. An ice rescue team from Hadar Fire and Pilger Rescue located the helmet of the missing person encased in ice.

Due to darkness on Wednesday, all efforts were suspended until Thursday morning and it was then that the body of Myrick was recovered by dive rescue teams from Hadar and Yankton.

Myrick’s body subsequently was removed from the scene. An investigation is currently being completed by the sheriff’s office into his death, which will be treated as a traffic fatality due to the motorcycle operation on the lake — unless other circumstances are discovered, Unger said. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor, he said.

The family of Myrick and the sheriff’s office wishes to thank everyone who was involved in the search and recovery.

He also expressed special thanks to Hadar Fire, Pilger Rescue and Yankton Search and Rescue. Other agencies assisting were Stanton Fire, Stanton County Emergency Management, and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

Maskenthine Lake is owned and operated by the Lower Elkhorn NRD and was closed for public use as of late Sunday. It remained closed Thursday except to authorized officials.

Mike Sousek, the NRD’s general manager, expressed appreciation to the Stanton County Sheriff’s Department for its work and for bringing in the Yankton dive team for the recovery work.

“We would also like to thank the local volunteers who helped extensively in the search. The thin ice conditions made the recovery process dangerous for all those involved. We worked as quickly as possible for the family, while keeping everyone as safe as possible,” he said.

Sousek also expressed condolences for Myrick’s family.

“We hope they can find the peace that they deserve during this difficult time,” he said.

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