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Arkansas judge found dead at bottom of lake after disappearing from family trip

Your body of an Arkansas judge was pulled from the lake on the weekend after he ventured off alone throughout a recreational outing with family and disappeared.

Jeremiah T. Bueker, 48, the Arkansas County Northern District Judge, was hanging out with several family and friends in Jefferson County when he went off by himself, last seen near Mud Lake, the Jefferson County Sheriffs Office said in a release.

When he didnt return, his family called police 911 and before midnight Sunday several agencies responded including sheriff’s deputies, the sheriffs office marine patrol and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

Extensive ground and water searches were launched, with boats deployed. The searches were suspended because of low visibility early Sunday and picked back up after sunrise.

At 9: 16 a.m. Sunday, boats built with side-scan sonar, which gives a birds-eye view of the water, detected a body in the bottom of Mud Lake.

Deputies utilized subsurface body recovery drag/rescue hooks to recuperate Buekers body.Upon recovery of your body, deputies and investigators with the help of family positively identified your body as that of Bueker,” the sheriff’s office said.

Bueker’s death has been investigated being an accidental drowning and his body will undoubtedly be sent to hawaii Medical Examiner, authorities said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods said, “I must say i pray that the successful recovery of Judge Buekers body by our deputies and Arkansas Game & Fish Wildlife Officers brings some sense of closure to the Bueker Family and the ones who knew him best.”

“The scour of emotions they need to feel at this time is devastating,” he added.

Marlene Lenthang

Marlene Lenthang is really a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital.

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