An Arkansas judge was discovered dead at the bottom of a lake in what is believed to be a tragic drowning incident.
Jeremiah T. Bueker, 48, had disappeared during a weekend getaway with friends and family, according to police.
Judge found in lake
The Arkansas County Northern District judge had vanished near Mud Lake in Reydell, about 75 miles from Little Rock. He was found at the bottom of the lake on Sunday morning after he went missing the night before.
His family attempted a search and then alerted police. The Jefferson County Sherriff’s office conducted an overnight search with wildlife officers.
The judge’s body was picked up on sonar the next morning and recovered from the bottom of the lake. He was identified and pronounced dead at the scene.
Maj. Gary McClain said that Bueker possibly went for a dip on his own after he went off-roading. His family said he loved swimming.
“It appears he decided to go swimming after maybe being dusty and he went missing,” McClain said. “No one was with him, he was alone.”
The judge is believed to have drowned, but an autopsy has not been completed yet.
Bueker had his own law firm in Stuttgart. The mayor of the town said the residents are “heartbroken.”
The Jefferson County sheriff expressed his condolences to the grieving family.
“I truly pray that the successful recovery of Judge Bueker’s body by our deputies and Arkansas Game and Fish Wildlife Officers brings some sense of closure to the Bueker Family and those who knew him best,” said Jefferson County Sheriff Lafayette Woods in a statement.
“The scour of emotions they must feel right now is devastating,” he added.