Indiana Conservation Officers identify body recovered in drowning accident in Noble County

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Drowning at lake in Noble County

UPDATE: The man was identified as Dwayne Sparkman, 52, of Kendallville, Indiana.  The Noble County Coroners Office has ruled the preliminary cause of death as drowning.

KENDALLVILLE, Ind. [August 25, 2015}   Shortly before midnight Tuesday, Indiana Conservation Officers, along with  other assisting agencies, recovered the body of a male victim in Bixler Lake in Noble County, located in far northern Indiana.

Officials had  received a call from witnesses earlier that a person was calling for help while swimming near the southwest side of the lake.  The person in question had been observed going under the water but not resurfacing.

Conservation officers and other emergency responders searched the area with side-scan sonar and divers but were unable to locate the person. They were getting ready to call off their search until they discovered the body late Tuesday night.

The victim is a white male, approximately 50-years-old, 5 feet 5 inches tall, and 170 pounds. The unidentified male has an “Aryan Nation” tattoo on the right side of his abdomen.

If you have any information in regards to the identity of the victim, please contact Indiana Conservation Officers District 2 Headquarters at 260-244-3720.