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National Park Service
U.S. Department of the Interior
LAKE MEAD NATIONAL RECREATION AREA News Release
For Immediate Release: April 17, 2013
Release No.: 2013-22
Contact: Christie Vanover,e-mail us702-283-2344
UPDATE: April 18, the Clark County Coroner's Office identified the man recovered from Lake Mead April 17 as Antonio Clayton Tucker.
BODY RECOVERED AT LAKE MEAD
BOULDER CITY, Nev. - The body of an adult male was recovered from Lake Mead April 17 during a permitted search and recovery operation. His identity has not yet been confirmed by the Clark County Medical Examiner.
Earth Resource Group, a Las Vegas-based search and recovery organization, obtained a permit to search for Antonio Tucker, a 28-year-old airman who presumably drowned at Lake Mead June 23. The group's search efforts began April 15 within one square nautical mile of the point where Tucker was last seen in the Boulder Basin.
At around noon April 16, the group identified an object that appeared to be human using side scan sonar. After notifying National Park Service rangers, they deployed a remote operated underwater vehicle equipped with a camera and again located the object at a depth of 280 feet.
The National Park Service and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department planned to recover the body April 16, but strong winds postponed efforts.
Law enforcement officials returned to the scene around 9 a.m. April 17. The permitted crew and divers from LVMPD Search and Rescue brought the body to the surface at 10:48 a.m. where it was confirmed to be an adult male.
The Clark County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy.