Missing Boater Located at Rend Lake

The Franklin County Coroner has confirmed that Bryan W. Petty, 37 of Fairview Heights, Illinois was located deceased yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:37 p.m. at Rend Lake. Emergency crews were dispatched to Rend Lake shortly after 5:00 p.m. on Monday evening for a report of a male subject who had entered the water from a boat and failed to re-surface. Petty was recreating with his family at the time of the incident. Following an extensive search of the area on Monday evening, rescue personnel were forced to suspend the search until early Tuesday morning. Crews continued a search of the area using side scan sonar equipped boats and public safety divers and located Petty’s body in approximately 11 feet of water. Initial investigation of the incident has revealed that alcohol is expected to have played a factor into in his death. The investigation into the incident is ongoing with the Franklin County Coroner’s Office and Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. No further information will be released at this time.

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