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Bodies recovered in Lake Livingston


LAKE LIVINGSTON – The body of a fisherman was reported Saturday, July 1, in the Trinity River just below the Lake Livingston Dam. The body was identified as Turcios Hernandez, 30, of Nicaragua. He was pronounced dead after being pulled underwater and getting caught beneath a log. According to the San Jacinto County Sheriff's Office, the victim was visiting family in Houston and was on an outing with them at the time of the incident. He reportedly was standing in the Trinity River near the FM 3278 bridge below the dam when he went under the water and his body was recovered later that day near the same area. Two more bodies were discovered during the Fourth of July holiday weekend due to apparent drowning. The bodies were located shortly before 7 a.m. Tuesday, July 4 by a fisherman on Lake Livingston. The body, believed to be that of Glenn Swanner of Brazoria, was recovered after the fisherman notified the Polk County Sheriff's Office. Texas Game Wardens, along with members of the Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department and the Cape Royal Emergency Rescue Unit assisted with the recovery. The body was pronounced dead by Pct. 2 Justice of the Peace Sarah Arnett, who had the body taken to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death. Swanner, along with his wife Wendy, were reported missing Sunday, July 2, after their unattended deck boat was found at 7:45 p.m. up against rocks on Lake Livingston near the 100 Block of Tigerville Road. A search launched that night was called off at 11 p.m. due to rough waters on the lake. The body of Wendy Swanner was located the following morning at about 10:15 a.m. by a jet skier south of Tigerville Park. The woman also was pronounced dead at the scene by Arnett and the body was transferred to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office to determine the cause of death. According to Chief Deputy Sheriff Byron Lyons of the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the body of Wendy Swanner was positively identified by her father Monday and a preliminary identification of Glenn Swanner was made Tuesday based on the clothing and jewelry found on the body. The couple had a weekend home in Polk County and sheriff's deputies located their vehicles at that residence after their deck boat was found unattended near the Beacon Bay Marina. Lyons said that foul play was not suspected at this time and the investigation into the incident was pending the results of both autopsies.


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