Pat Mayse Lake drowning victim ID'd as 18-year-old Denton Co. woman

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PARIS, TX - Six hours after an 18-year-old Denton County girl went under in deep water Tuesday afternoon and never re-surfaced, Texas Game Wardens found her body using sonar.

"We dropped an anchor on that mark and the divers went down and found her within two feet of the anchor." said Texas Game Warden Bryan Callihan.

The Lamar County Sheriff's office received a call around five yesterday afternoon of a possible drowning. When authorities arrived they learned three swimmers walked out on a submerged sandbar near the old Hippie Point area, when one of them stepped off the bar into deep water.

"They both tried to help her and started to get into trouble their self and decided to swim back to shore." said Callihan. "When they looked back she was nowhere to be found."

Texas Game Warden Bryan Callihan says it took a little over six hours for them to find the girl's body.

"The location that was given was about 50 to 75 yards off from what the witnesses told us." said Callihan.

Lake goer Robert Dyer says the drowning reminds him how dangerous the lake can be.

"You come out here and want to have a good time and then find out somebody drowned doing something that they loved doing and that could be really fun, but is potentially really dangerous." said Dyer.

Dyer sends his condolences to the family.

"My heart goes out to the family of that little girl that died, prayers are for them." said Dyer.

Callihan says this is the first drowning at Pat Mayse Lake in five years.
The girl's body has been sent for an autopsy, as State Game Wardens investigate.