(Daviess County, Indiana) The body of Jacob L. Duncan, 25, from Louisville, KY, was recovered this morning by emergency personnel shortly before 9:00 AM, EST, from Dogwood Lake on Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area in Daviess County.
According to investigators, Frank N. Refalo, 51, 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 last 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 in to 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 PM. 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 would resume again the next day.
Shortly before 9:00 AM this morning, 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 is scheduled for this 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.