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UPDATE: Body Recovered at Belton Lake, Body Identified

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UPDATE: July 9, 2014, 4:40 p.m.


Belton Lake drowning victim has been identified as 48-year-old Thomas Buss of Killeen.




July 9, 2014, 1:45 p.m.

The Justice of the Peace has pronounced the body dead. 

The body was recovered from Belton Lake at 12:50 p.m. and the Justice of the Peace pronounced the white male dead at 1:25 p.m.

The Bell County Sheriff's Department believes that the man found was a 48-year-old living in Killeen. However, they are still working to confirm that information. 

The game warden found fishing gear in the man's boat. After finding the gear, he stressed the importance of life jackets when boating alone. 

The man's body will be sent to Dallas for an autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing at this time. 

More details to follow. Please keep refreshing the page for new information.



July 9, 2014, 12:57 p.m.

Officials have recovered a body from Belton Lake after a three and a half hour search.

A judge is on his way out to the scene.

Bell County Sheriff's Department hopes to make a positive ID when the dive team heads back to shore.


More details to follow. Please keep refreshing the page for new information.


(KCEN) -- A search was underway on Wednesday morning for a possible drowning victim at Leona Park in Temple. On Wednesday morning around 9:22 a.m., someone flagged down a deputy saying a boat was doing circles with nobody driving it on Belton Lake. The person said that the boat was on the lake about a quarter mile north of the long bridge.

The boat was recovered, but police did not find anyone who may have been driving the boat. Police say the boat has Arkansas registration as well as a truck that was found near the boat ramp.

Bell County Sheriff's Department says that a witness watched the driver of the boat fall into the water.

Clothing was found floating in the water nearby. 

Morgan's Point Dive Team is searching the lake where the person fell in. A helicopter is doing aerial searches of the lake.  

Moffat Fire Department, one of first responders, was called off the search. Police say that this is now a recovery mission.




We have a crew at the scene and will bring you more information as it becomes available. Please keep refreshing the page for new information.

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