Missing Man's Body Found in Lake Meredith

FRITCH - The body of a missing man is found in Lake Meredith.

Park Rangers recovered the body of Jeremy Mills, 42, of Fritch last night, three days after he was reported missing.

A fisherman found the body then alerted authorities.

Crews continue to look for clues to try to make sense of what happened at the lake.

"Whenever we find a body as opposed to the lost person, we start a criminal investigation and assume there's foul play until we can rule that out. We don't know that it was," said Carl Brenner, Lake Meredith National Recreation Area Park Ranger.

Friday night, Borger Dispatch received a report of a possible missing person. They said Jeremy Mills was last seen early Friday morning at around 4:30. 

Mills was found near the Stilling Basin at Lake Meredith.

"At this time, there's no part of the lake that's closed," said Brenner. "Where he was found is not an area that's normally used for recreational purposes, though with the winds and the currents in the lake, things move all over, so it's not somewhere where we would expect somebody would be fishing along the shore. "

A regular out on the lake with her grandson, Trish Anderson told us she was surprised when hearing about the incident.

"I was kind of shocked that he was in the lake," said Anderson. "You know, I didn't know, I just thought he was lost or somebody was missing him from the family."

Shocked but not deterred from visiting Lake Meredith. 

"We can go years without any fatalities on the area lakes and then there could be several over the course of a year or two. So there's no set pattern on how these fatalities come about," said Dave Wright, Owner, and Operator of Wright-On Bait, Tackle & Watercraft.

Mills' body was transported to the medical examiner's office in Lubbock. Preliminary autopsy findings point to an accidental drowning.

Brenner said, to his knowledge, the last recovery they had at Lake Meredith was two years ago.

In 2015, there were three separate incidents of recreational accidents.

If you have any information related to this incident, you are encouraged to contact Borger Dispatch at 806-279-0930.

Since Friday night, several area agencies helped in the search for Mills. 

They consisted of Fritch Police Department, Hutchinson and Moore County Sheriff's Offices, and officers with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. 

A canine unit was also brought in to assist.

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