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At approximately 10:48 a.m. Friday, August 26, the body of a missing boater was recovered from Lake Martin.
Jerry G. McKinney, 66, of Shelby, went missing and apparently drowned in Lake Martin near the Wind Creek State Park between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 24. McKinney’s body was recovered approximately 200 yards from his campsite located at the park.
Initially it was reported that the marine-related incident resulted in the search for an individual that went missing.
Last Thursday morning Alabama Law Enforcement Agency reported that the individual, later identified as McKinney, departed on a boat from Wind Creek State Park at approximately 2 p.m. August 24 and that at approximately 4 p.m. boaters reported an unoccupied boat near Wind Creek State Park.
The joint search and recovery effort was conducted by Alexander City Rescue Squad, Childersburg Rescue Squad, Houston County Rescue Squad, State Park rangers from Wind Creek State Park, deputies from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office, the Tallapoosa County Emergency Management Agency, and the American Red Cross, along with Troopers with the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Marine Patrol Division.
Nothing further is available as the investigation is ongoing.