Name released of man who drowned at Milford Lake

JUNCTION CITY, Kan. (AP) — The body of a 65-year-old Salina man who drowned at Milford Lake has been recovered after a four-day search.

The Geary County Sheriff says a fisherman saw the body of Stephen Edwards after it surfaced Wednesday.

The sheriff’s office says Edwards drowned Sunday when he went into the water to retrieve a fishing pole and didn’t resurface. He was fishing with a grandson and friend at the time.

The Salina Journal reports ( ) the fishing pole was one given to Edwards by his father. The family says an underlying heart condition might have contributed to his death.

Edwards worked in construction for many years and was planning to retire June 9.


Information from: The Salina (Kan.) Journal,

Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf has released the identity of the man who drowned at Milford Lake on Sunday. Wolf says Stephen B. Edwards fell into Milford Lake after he went for a fishing pole. They recovered his body Wednesday at about 5 p.m.

Geary County Sheriff Tony Wolf confirms one man drowned Sunday at Milford Lake. “A gentleman, about 65 years of age, went for a fishing pole that was going overboard. And he fell in when he went for the fishing pole. He went down and never resurfaced,” Wolf said. Wolf says another adult and a child were also on board at the time. They are both safe.

The drowning occurred Sunday morning in the West Rolling Hills area of the lake. That is the same area where a soldier drowned on Christmas Eve. Side scan sonar and drag lines are being used by authorities to try and locate the victim’s body. Wolf says search teams are having a hard time finding the victim’s body because of the typography on the lake.

Wolf stated that authorities were called to the scene just after 9:30 a.m. Sunday and responded quickly.

The name of the victim has not yet been released.

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