Body of 24-year-old California man found in Lake Eufaula after drowning

Posted at 6:02 PM, May 14, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-15 18:22:13-04

LAKE EUFAULA, Okla. - Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers found a man's body in Lake Eufaula on Monday after they said he drowned Sunday afternoon while swimming with friends.

Officials said the body of Casey Reilly, a 24-year-old man from Temecula, California, was found Monday morning.

Crews searched the Eufaula Cove area using sonar equipment. Witnesses told troopers that they saw the man struggling in the water while he was swimming, before never coming back up. One woman said she immediately called police once she noticed the man never resurfaced. Several other witnesses then jumped in the water, trying to find him.

“I knew that he was under water because I only had my eyes off of him for about 30 seconds and I knew that he couldn’t have made it to the rocks or to the shore in that amount of time,” said witness Lauren Crump.

Troopers said the amount of debris in the lake made it difficult to find the man’s body. 

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