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Man missing after swimming in local river found dead

May 19, 2019 - 6:27 pm

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol says that the body A 57-year-old Gary Reece of Arkansas City has been recovered just three tenths of a mile from where he went missing late Thursday evening.

Troopers at the scene of the drowning said that it looked as if Reece got wrapped up in underwater debris and vines just a few feet below the waters surface.

He was unable to free himself, even with the assistance of the three people he was with, and drowned in the river. The group went swimmimg in the Arkansas River late Thursday night.

NewsCow reports that the other three swimmers were treated for exhaustion after they swam to safety. 

The river was searched by rescuers for several hours until around 4:30 a.m. They returned to the river at daylight and could not find the missing man. Later on Saturday, Reece's body was discovered, and his next of kin have been notified.

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