Body of motorcyclist last seen Sunday pulled from icy Nebraska lake in Stanton County

January 25, 2019

The body of a motorcyclist who has been missing since Sunday was pulled Thursday from an icy lake in northeast Nebraska.

Eddie Myrick, 55, of Stanton was last seen Sunday afternoon riding his motorcycle on Maskenthine Lake, which is north of Stanton and southeast of Norfolk. Myrick was reported missing about 5:30 p.m. that day.

Authorities conducted both a ground and drone search for Myrick on Sunday night and Monday morning, but didn’t find signs of him, according to the Stanton County Sheriff’s Office.

After a search by drone Wednesday afternoon, ice rescue teams from Hadar Fire and Pilger Rescue found Myrick’s helmet encased in the ice. The search was suspended due to darkness. About 11:30 a.m. Thursday, dive teams from Hadar and Yankton, South Dakota, found Myrick’s body, the sheriff’s office said.

Myrick’s death is being classified as a traffic fatality unless circumstances determine otherwise, according to the sheriff’s office.

Others assisting in the search include Stanton Fire, Stanton County Emergency Management, and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District.

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