Body found in search for missing Little Elm swimmer

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by JENNY DOREN and JORDAN ARMSTRONG

WFAA

Posted on July 14, 2014 at 10:09 AM

Updated Monday, Jul 14 at 4:45 PM

LITTLE ELM — Rescue crews found the body of a man Monday afternoon, one day after a swimmer was reported missing at Little Elm Park.

Little Elm Deputy Police Chief Rodney Harrison said the search began Sunday night when friends of the missing man informed officers he hadn't returned to the shore after going swimming in Lewisville Lake.

“At approximately 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, the Little Elm Police Department received a report of a missing 35-year-old male at the swim area of the Little Elm Park,” Harrison said.

The search was suspended just after 12:30 a.m. Monday and resumed around 8 a.m., Harrison said. Another search is also going on in the wooded areas around the beach.

Police said they do not suspect foul play.

"Our swim beach does not have a lifeguard, and there are signs posted asking people to stay inside the swim area. It's our belief that this gentleman ventured beyond the scope of the swim area," Harrison said.

"There's a lot of signs posted — things for citizen safety — and a lot of times whenever bad things happen, it's when people don't follow the rules," he added.

The name of the missing swimmer has not been released.

Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens and the Lewisville Fire Department dive team assisted Little Elm police with the search.

The beach at Little Elm Park was improved and expanded this year.

There have been five drownings at Lewisville Lake this year and 11 in North Texas lakes.

The Little Elm beach remained shut down during the search.

E-mail: jdoren@wfaa.com

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