Divers recover body of suspected drowning victim in Allen’s Creek

MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WISH) — Divers recovered the body of a suspected drowning victim Sunday night in Allen’s Creek following an hourslong recovery effort.

The man had been boating with his family in the waterway near Lake Monroe before witnesses reported seeing him fall in the water around 3:30 p.m., Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials said.

On Monday, DNR said the body of 31-year-old William Snoddy was recovered from Allen’s Creek Bay around 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

Officials say Snoddy was found in about 30 feet of water and was not wearing a life jacket at the time.

Authorities closed a boat ramp and interviewed witnesses Sunday afternoon as rescue crews scanned the water with sonar cameras.

At least four search and rescue boats assisted in the recovery effort, according to DNR spokesperson Dave Moss.

“Wear your life jackets,” he advised other boaters and swimmers. “They do save lives.”

The Allen’s Creek incident marked the third drowning recovery effort in central Indiana led by DNR officials since Thursday. 

The Monroe County Coroner’s Office is working to determine a cause of death.

Divers have not recovered the bodies of a White River kayaker reported missing Saturday in Indianapolis or a 4-year-old boy swept away by floodwaters Thursday in Delphi.