Authorities locate deceased male at Brantley Lake following search for drowning victim

New Mexico

CARLSBAD, N.M. (KRQE) – Authorities are working to determine if a body found at Brantley Lake State Park in Carlsbad is that of a missing man. On Wednesday, May 13, deputies from the Eddy County Sheriff’s Office responded to Brantley Lake State Park in reference to a possible drowning.

Authorities report a man was on a raft when he was swept out by a gust of wind on Wednesday. Searchers say he was seen in the water trying to collect his things as boaters offered him help, but he refused.

Deputies say the man had submerged and could not be found. A search was initiated and divers with New Mexico State Police, Carlsbad Fire Department, and Atoka Volunteer Fire Department assisted in the case.

The Eddy County Sheriff’s Office reports that on May 17, a deceased male was located. The identity of the victim has not been confirmed at this time.

If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are asked to contact Captain Matthew Hutchinson or Detective Josh Rodriguez at (575) 887-7551.


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