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University Park police sergeant's body found at Lake Tawakoni

Sgt. Robert Ramsey went missing after he went duck hunting. His boat was found in the lake, where his body was later found.
Credit: University Park Police Department
Sgt. Robert Ramsey

Updated at 4:40 p.m. with additional info from University Park police. 

The body of a University Park police sergeant was found in Lake Tawakoni. 

Sgt. Robert Ramsey was reported missing Wednesday after going duck hunting at the lake, which is about an hour away from Dallas.

Police officials said it appears that Ramsey was launching his boat at a public boat ramp. Investigators said they were able to find Ramsey's boat drifting about five miles from the boat ramp, but it's unclear how he ended up in the water.

His body was found at about 11:20 a.m. Thursday. 

The medical examiner will determine the official cause of death.

Ramsey joined the department in 2008. He served as the department's firearms and defensive tactics instructor. He was also a Highland Park resource officer, the department said.

In 2018, Ramsey was the city's employee of the year and had recently been promoted to sergeant. 

“I have known and worked with Robert since the 1990’s when we worked together on joint assignments in the twin cities of Texarkana. An avid hunter, Robert loved the outdoors," said University Park police Chief Greg Spradlin in a written statement. 

Ramsey was married, and leaves behind two daughters and a stepson, as well as grandchildren.

Spradlin said in a Facebook post that the city would offer counseling services to police department employees and city staff. 

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