Arkansas judge found dead at bottom of lake after missing from family trip

The body of an Arkansas judge was pulled from a lake over the weekend after he ventured out alone on a recreational outing with his family and went missing.

Arkansas County Northern District Judge Jeremiah T. Bueker, 48, was spending time with several family members and friends in Jefferson County when he left alone, last seen near Mud Lake , the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said in a news release. .

When he didn’t return, his family called 911, and by midnight Sunday multiple agencies responded, including sheriff’s deputies, the sheriff’s office marine patrol, and the city’s Game and Fish Commission. ‘Arkansas.

Extensive land and water searches were launched, with boats deployed. The search was suspended due to low visibility early Sunday and resumed after sunrise.

At 9:16 a.m. Sunday, boats equipped with side-scan sonar, which provides a “bird’s eye view of the water”, detected a body at the bottom of Mud Lake.

“Deputies used body retrieval hooks below the surface to retrieve Bueker’s body. Upon recovery of the body, deputies and investigators with the assistance of the family identified the body as Bueker’s,” the sheriff’s office said.

Bueker’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning and his body will be sent to the state medical examiner, authorities said.

“I truly pray that the successful recovery of Judge Bueker’s body by our deputies and Arkansas Wildlife Officers brings a sense of closure to the Bueker family and those who knew him best,” the official said. Jefferson County Sheriff, Lafayette Woods Jr. in the news. Release.

“The surge of emotions they must be feeling right now is devastating,” he added.

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