Izard County
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Melbourne, Arkansas
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After authorities spent Sunday afternoon  and Monday morning on Crown Lake in Horseshoe Bend searching  for the victim of a drowning, the body of Howard Dickey, age 25 of Melbourne was recovered early Monday morning.  Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said that his office was notified shortly after 1:00 p.m. on Sunday that a kayak had capsized with two men aboard and that one of the men had had been rescued but that the other was still missing.  Sheriff Lawrence said at the time of the accident, winds were strong and lake conditions were rough.

Izard County Sheriff’ Department dive team along with teams from Independence County, the Hardy Police Department Water Rescue unit, officers of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and the 16th Judicial District Drug Task Force  participated in the Sunday recovery effort. The recovery effort was suspended late Sunday due to lightning and storms in the area but resumed early Monday morning. 

Izard County Chief Deputy  Earnie Blackley and Officer Jeff Cowan of the Arkansas Game and Fish  resumed dragging operations Monday and recovered the body at approximately 7:45 a.m.  Sheriff Lawrence expressed his appreciation to the assisting agencies.



News Release

For Immediate Release

April 16, 2012

POC: Sheriff Tate Lawrence

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