Family of Wilson Lake drowning victim speaks out


Authorities identified the name of Sunday’s drowning victim as 35-year-old Cody Maris. 

Authorities said Maris died at Wilson Lake.

KSN talked to one family member about what happened that night. 

“Another reason why it’s so shocking to us because Cody was an excellent swimmer,” Maris’ brother-in-law Joshua Martensen said. “He was raised on the water out in the boats and jet skis.” 

Last weekend, Cody Maris and his family were enjoying a peaceful weekend at Wilson Lake. 

But, that peace quickly slipped away Saturday night.

“Shortly before we went to sleep, we noticed the wind picking up a little bit,” Martensen said. “And we were informed earlier in the day that there could be possibility of storms later that evening.”

Storms strong enough it broke Maris’ boat from the dock.

“Somebody shouted to my brother ‘hey, you’re boat came off the anchor,'” said Martensen. “He started swimming out to retrieve his boat and never came back.”

Martensen said they contacted emergency officials around 1:20 a.m. that morning to report Maris was missing. 

Martensen said searchers recovered Maris’ body Sunday morning at 7:20, and since then he said he wishes he could have done one thing that night.

“Since it happened, I’ve been wracking my brain if I would have been awake,” he said. “I wouldn’t have let him go in the water alone.”

Looking back on memories, Martensen said Maris lived life to the fullest.

His family and friends remembered him as person who would always bring people together. 

“He was strong with his faith and his motto in life was community and love,” Martensen said. “Those are the main things Maris will be remembered for, just how caring he was to everybody.”

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