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Body of missing Stanton man recovered from lake

January 25, 2019

STANTON - The body of a missing Stanton man was recovered from Maskenthine Lake Thursday.

According to Sheriff Mike Unger, the body of 55-year-old Eddie Myrick was recovered by dive rescue teams from Hadar and Yankton around 11:30 Thursday morning

Myrick was last seen on Sunday afternoon riding his motorcycle on the ice of the lake and was reported missing around 5:30 p.m.

Unger said on Wednesday afternoon an aerial search with a drone indicated physical evidence on the lake and an ice rescue team from Hadar Fire and Pilger Rescue located the helmet of the missing person encased in ice, but due to darkness all efforts were suspended until the morning.

Myrick’s body was removed from the scene and 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.

Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.

Stanton Fire, Stanton County Emergency Management, and the Lower Elkhorn Natural Resources District also assisted.

LENRD General Manager Mike Sousek says the recreation area will remain closed until further notice.

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