Authorities recover body of Bloomington man last seen swimming in Lake Monroe

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (WISH) — On Sunday night, authorities located the body of the 26-year-old man last seen by his friends in the waters of Lake Monroe on Friday.

Indiana Conservation Officers located Anup Thota, from Bloomington, around 7:30 p.m. using side-scan solar equipment, in about 15 feet of water.

Agencies began the search for the man on Friday night.

The Department of Natural Resources said Thota was boating and swimming with co-workers on Friday when a storm squall went through around 8:30 p.m. When Thota’s friends saw he was no longer on the surface of the water, they called 911.

Indiana Conservation officers, along with the Monroe County Dive Team, Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Perry-Clear Creek Fire Department, began their search for the man on Friday, called it off after dark and then resumed the search on Saturday and Sunday.

On Saturday and Sunday, the crews were using side-scan sonar and an underwater camera. 

The incident occurred near Paynetown State Recreation Area, which is southeast of Bloomington.