Man's body recovered at Lake Bryan after reported drowning

POSTED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 3:48pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 8:44pm

A night of fishing Tuesday turned tragic when Albert Gray Jr. went missing near the dock at Lake Bryan.

Concerned family members called police and a search began.

"Due to the fact that he was last seen at the lake, we treated it as a drowning and searched the lake waters first," said Bryan police officer, Kelley McKethan.

Both Bryan and College Station fire search and rescue, as well as the College Station dive team and the game warden searched the lake.

After about three hours Gray's body was discovered close to the dock at around 2:00 A.M. near a 19-foot drop-off.

"Any type of search is usually a slow process because you have to be methodical about it," said Officer McKethan. "You have to go search grid by grid and especially being in the lake at night that does make it difficult. Special equipment was brought in to help locate the body."

News that shocked Dottie Carmichael who frequents the lake on a regular basis.

"I've never heard of a drowning out here," Carmichael said. "I mean one reason we like to come here is because it's not very crowded and it feels like a safe place so it's a surprise to learn that something so unfortunate happened."

If you plan to be out on the water this holiday weekend: make sure you never swim alone, wear a life jacket and if you plan on consuming alcohol, stay out of the water.

Gray's body has been sent for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death but police do not suspect foul play.


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