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Last updated on Monday, May 12, 2014
(GLENDALE FISH & WILDLIFE AREA) - The body of 25-year-old Jacob Duncan, of Louisville, KY, was recovered Saturday morning by emergency personnel shortly before 9 a.m. from Dogwood Lake on Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area in Daviess County.
According to investigators, 51-year-old Frank N. Refalo, from Mt. Washington, KY, and Duncan were camping on Glendale's campground area. The men were co-workers, and, along with other friends, were planning on spending the week there.
Early Friday night, after sunset, Refalo and Duncan decided to take a boat ride in a bay that runs adjacent to the campground. A short time later, the 14-foot-aluminum V hull motorboat began taking on water and sank, putting both occupants into 10 feet of water. Refalo, who was operating the boat, held on to a cooler to stay afloat. Refalo and Duncan stayed in communication but soon lost contact with each other.
A nearby camper heard their calls and launched his boat to assist. Refalo was rescued, but Duncan, who could not swim well, could not be found. The 911 call came in to the Daviess County Sheriff's Department Dispatch at 9:35 p.m. Davies County Deputies, Indiana State Police, Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, South West Medical EMS, the Daviess County Coroner, and Indiana Conservation Officers arrived at the scene.
Daviess County Sheriff's Department divers were able to find the boat and mark the location later that night. Refalo was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released. Operations to recovered resumed Saturday morning.
Shortly before 9 a.m., Indiana Conservation Officer divers found Duncan's body in 10-feet of water, approximately 30 feet from where the boat had been discovered. An autopsy was scheduled for Saturday afternoon by the Daviess County Coroner's Office.
The incident is still under investigation. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor and the boat has been secured for inspection and function testing. Upon completion of the investigation, the case will be turned over to the Daviess County Prosecutor's Office for review.
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