Sheriff's office identifies man who drowned at Sedgwick County Park

Published: Oct. 2, 2019 at 11:07 AM CDT
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Thursday, October 3, 2019

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified the man who drowned in a lake at Sedgwick County Park on Wednesday as 59-year-old Dale Reif.

They say Reif was spotted in the lake swimming towards his dog which was also in the lake around 10:45 a.m.

The Wichita Fire Department arrived on the scene and searched the water. Around 11 a.m., they located Reif about 20 feet from the shoreline on the bottom of the lake.

Reif was pulled from the lake and firefighters and EMS personnel performed CPR for nearly 30 minutes. Reif was pronounced dead at 11:30 a.m.

The sheriff's office says Reif's actual cause of death will not be known until the medical examiner completes the autopsy. The exact cause of the accident is still under investigation.

The sheriff's office also says swimming is not allowed at Sedgwick County Park. A resolution was passed 20 years ago that prohibits swimming at the park.


Wednesday, October 2, 2019

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office says they believe a man drowned Wednesday morning going into a lake after his dog.

The drowning was called in around 10:24 a.m. at Sedgwick County Park.

Emergency crews arrived around 10:36 a.m. and pulled a 59-year-old man from the water.

Lt. Tim Myers said the man was underwater for about 40 minutes.

He said people should not swim in the water.


A man has been pulled from a lake in the Sedgwick County Park not breathing.

Reports are that a man saw a dog swimming in the water. He then found clothing and a wallet near where the dog got out of the water.

He called 911 and divers were called to the park.

They located the man in the lake and pulled him out of the water not breathing.

We have a crew headed to the scene.