Dewey drowning victim recovered
by MARY MUSIC
PRESTONSBURG - The Floyd County Sheriff's office is investigating the death of a Prestonsburg man who died in an apparent drowning at Dewey Lake last night.
The Floyd County Rescue Squad recovered the body of Bruce L. Lawson, 54, yesterday afternoon at the Goble Branch Boat Ramp.
The body was found approximately 50 feet from the shore, Derrick Calhoun, secretary of the Floyd County Rescue Squad said.
The Floyd County Sheriff's Department began investigating Lawson's disappearance last night at approximately 10 p.m. when a fisherman called in a loud music complaint to May Lodge employees.
Sgt. Steve Little, Deputy Tim Clark and Park Ranger Steve Price found Lawson's car parked at the boat ramp shortly after their arrival.
Clark said that the car was "totally unsecured" when they arrived at the scene. The keys were still in the ignition, the sunroof was open, the windows were down, and Lawson's personal belongings, including his wallet, were in plain view, Clark said. The stereo, he said, was "turned wide open," playing a CD of various artists from the 1980s.
The deputies remained at the scene all night. They joined various police officials, Fish and Wildlife workers, park employees, and Lawson's family in a search of the general area, which continued until the body was recovered yesterday afternoon.
Lawson's family was present when his body was removed from the lake.
Clark said he does not suspect foul play in the drowning. Nothing at the scene indicated that Lawson's death was a suicide, he said.
Sheriff John K. Blackburn, who's investigating the case along with Deputy William Holbrook, said he has interviewed Lawson's brother, Robert, his son, and is waiting to interview his girlfriend before making a determination as to the cause of the drowning.
Alcohol was probably a factor in the drowning, Clark said.
Lawson's body was taken to the state autopsy lab in Frankfort. Blackburn said more information should be available later today.
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