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LAKE BROWNWOOD, Texas — The body of 17-year-old Clovis High School student Tyler Fontenot was recovered from a Texas lake around 3 p.m. (CDT) Monday. The body of his uncle, Joe Haseloff of Farwell, was found two hours later, according to lake officials.
Lake Brownwood patrolman Bob Pacatte said the two were not wearing life vests, but life vests were found on their boat.
Several family members who were waiting at the scene for word were notified of the discoveries, Pacatte said.
Lake Brownwood, a 7,300-surface-acre reservoir, is located approximately 75 miles southeast of Abilene, Texas.
The shoreline around the lake is approximately 97 miles, Pacatte said.
A helicopter search crew spotted Fontenot’s body from the air and boat teams quickly responded to the area and were able to recover the body, Pacatte said.
Searchers found Haseloff’s body in the same area, Pacatte said.
Both bodies were taken to a local funeral home where an autopsy will be performed to determine time and cause of death, he said.
“(There is an) accident investigator on site now examining the boat and anything that we can put together to figure out why this occurred, because we have no idea,” Pacatte said.
“All we know is we had an abandoned boat and two missing people.”
The two arrived at the lake Saturday for a weekend fishing trip. Family members became concerned and contacted authorities when they didn’t hear from them Saturday night or Sunday.
Mark Haseloff said his 49-year-old brother owns land there and is familiar with the area.
Pacatte said a search of the lake that began Sunday for the two was reclassified as a recovery mission Monday morning after more than a day passed with no sign of the pair.
The boat they were in was discovered around 11 a.m. (CDT) Sunday on the shore at the opposite end of the lake from where Fontenot’s body was located.
Pacatte said officials believe the boat was abandoned around sunset Saturday.
He said a Texas parks and wildlife investigator found no signs of an accident.
“This is some type of unknown incident,” Pacatte said.
Mark Haseloff, a Dallas resident, said earlier in the day that he and several family members had gathered at the lake and were waiting for news from searchers.