Man found dead in Lake Afton identified

Published: Jun. 27, 2020 at 4:10 PM CDT
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Update: June 29, 2020

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office has identified a man whose body was found in Lake After on Saturday as 29-year-old Zachariah Shepherd.

The sheriff's office said deputies were dispatched to the lake around 1 p.m. for a possible drowning. They arrived and learned Shepherd tried to swim across the lake and was last seen around 2:00 a.m.

The Sedgwick County Fire Department and Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks searched the lake for Shepherd but were unsuccessful.

Search crews found Shepherd's body around on Sunday around 1:20 p.m., Shepherd was recovered from the lake.

The sheriff's office said although the death of Shepherd is still under investigation, at this time it does not to be suspicious.


Update: June 28, 2020

Sedgwick County officials have confirmed a body was found in Lake Afton after 1 p.m. Sunday.

Officials are still working to identify the body. Saturday, crews were out searching for a swimmer who went missing in the early morning hours.


A person is missing at Lake Afton after they went swimming early Saturday morning.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's office said a 29-year-old white male went swimming last night around 2 a.m. and hasn't been seen since.

The fire department has been called in to assist and investigators are treating this as a missing person case.


Sedgwick County officials are searching for a missing person in Lake Afton after a submersion call Saturday afternoon.

Eyewitness News sent a crew to the scene and will update as more details are made available.

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