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Group searching for airman presumed drowned recover body

The body of an adult male was recovered from Lake Mead April 17 during a permitted search and recovery operation. His identity has not yet been confirmed by the Clark County Medical Examiner. (Denise Rosch | MyNews3.com)
The body of an adult male was recovered from Lake Mead April 17 during a permitted search and recovery operation. His identity has not yet been confirmed by the Clark County Medical Examiner. (Denise Rosch | MyNews3.com)
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Updated: 4/17/2013 2:06 pm
BOULDER CITY – The body of an adult male was recovered from Lake Mead today during a permitted search and recovery operation. His identity has not yet been confirmed by the Clark County Medical Examiner.

Earth Resource Group, a Las Vegas-based search and recovery organization, obtained a permit to search for Antonio Tucker, a 28-year-old airman who presumably drowned June 23 at Lake Mead.

The group’s search efforts began Monday within one square nautical mile of the point where Tucker was last seen in the Boulder Basin.

At around noon Tuesday, the group identified an object that appeared to be human using side scan sonar. After notifying National Park Service rangers, they deployed a remote operated underwater vehicle equipped with a camera and again located the object at a depth of 280 feet.

The National Park Service and Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department planned to recover the body Tuesday, but strong winds postponed efforts.

Law enforcement officials returned to the scene around 9 a.m. today. The permitted crew and divers from LVMPD Search and Rescue brought the body to the surface at 10:48 a.m. where it was confirmed to be an adult male.

The Clark County Medical Examiner is conducting an autopsy.

-- From news release
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