Man found dead after fishing in Lake Conway

Marvin Sweers' family is in mourning after deputies pulled the 61-year-old's body from Lake Conway on Saturday.

The day-long search for the man ended in tragedy. The Orange County Sheriffs' Office says the Sweers family is beside themselves with grief.

"They're very distraught," said Orange County Sheriff's Office spokesman Jeff Williamson. "His wife is at home with family members and friends. She was out here for a while, but now she's gone back, so they're extremely distraught right now."

Deputies say Sweers loved to fish, but Friday night something went terribly wrong.

“He goes fishing after he goes to work and sometimes fishes into the late night. When he didn't show up this morning, his wife called 911,” Williamson said.

The last anyone had heard of him was around 9 p.m. Friday, when he posted a picture on Facebook.

“He posted pictures on his Facebook page of a fish he had caught,” Williamson said.

The Sheriff's Office says they found Sweers' boat floating in Lake Conway Saturday morning, with all equipment aboard and the engine still running.

Investigators recovered Sweers' body from the water around 3:30 p.m. People living in the area say there's few lights near the lake at night.

“Pretty dark," Mark Smithie said. “There's no buoys or any of that. The only buoys are right there and they don't have any lights.”

They also say strong winds can make the waters rough.

“When the wind picks up like today, it creates a rocking motion and that can throw you off the fishing boat,” Jose Aleman said.

Investigators say it's an open case and they're still investigating exactly how Sweers ended up in the lake.
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