Almost 10 days after recovering the body of a Wimberley man in Canyon Lake, Comal County Sheriff’s Office investigators are probing the death of a man whose body was recovered by first responders Tuesday evening.
Jennifer Smith, CCSO public information officer, said deputies were dispatched to the 2000 block of Canyon Lake Drive, where witnesses reported a body floating near Boat Ramp 6 around 9:07 p.m.
“Deputies made contact with witnesses who stated they were fishing off of the ramp when they saw something in the water,” Smith said. “When they realized it was a body they immediately called 9-1-1 to report what they saw.
“One of the witnesses felt comfortable enough to go out into the water to retrieve the body, which was cold to the touch and showed no signs of life,” she added.
Canyon Lake Fire and EMS Interim Chief Robert Mikel said the body had been submerged for a period of time; Smith said possibly “three or four days.”
Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Tom Clark made the death pronouncement via phone and ordered an autopsy, Smith said. She said the decedent is believed to be a Hispanic man, whose age, identity and residence were unavailable Wednesday morning. An all-terrain vehicle and a pair of boots were found in the area, she said.
“We believe they belonged to him,” she said. “That’s all we have for now – we can’t release the identity because we’re still trying to contact next-of-kin.
“Right now we have no reason to believe it is something other than a drowning, and we are performing a full investigation,” she said.
On Dec. 4, Texas Parks and Wildlife wardens recovered the body of Steven Blake Johnson, 47, of Wimberley, on the shoreline near Boat Ramp 17, where he was reported missing on Dec. 1.
Smith said authorities are still investigating that death, the 10th apparent drowning on area waterways and the fifth occurring at Canyon Lake this year.