Arkansas Judge Found Dead in Lake After Disappearing From Family Trip

Authorities found the body of an Arkansas judge at the bottom of a lake over the weekend after he went missing from a trip with family and friends.

Officials found the body of Arkansas County Northern District Judge Jeremiah Bueker, 48, at Mud Lake on Aug. 7 morning after he disappeared when he “ventured off alone” at some point during a “recreational travel,” the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.

The lake was also where he was last seen, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Bueker’s family and friends called 911 after “time had passed and no one had seen or heard from” him.

The Sheriff’s Office and wildlife officers with the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission launched extensive ground and water searches that had to be paused due to low visibility and resumed after sunrise.

At about 9:16 a.m. local time on Aug. 7, the side-scan sonar of a boat revealed the body.

The family helped authorities identify the recovered body.

Authorities are investigating Bueker’s case as an accidental drowning.

The State Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy this week, and a report is expected in about three to six months.

April Davis, the deputy coroner for Jefferson County who responded to the scene, said that there were no signs of foul play and that the body had no signs of trauma, CNN reported.

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