Update: Body of missing swimmer recovered from Lake Afton


WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The body of a missing 29-year-old swimmer has been found at Lake Afton according to officials with the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office

On Saturday around 1 p.m., deputies responded to Lake Afton for a possible drowning. Deputies arrived and learned Zachariah Shepherd attempted to swim across the lake. He was last seen around 2 a.m. 

Officials attempted to locate Shepherd but were not successful. On Sunday at approximately 1:20 p.m., Shepherd was recovered from the lake. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

“The fire department came out,” said Captain Marry Mattingly. “We were notified roughly at 1:45 p.m. that they had a body.”

Although the death of Shepherd is still under investigation, the sheriff’s office said it does not appear to be suspicious. 

A family has established a GoFundMe account.


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