Drowning reported at Lake Jacomo

The Jackson County Sheriff’s Department this morning is investigating what appears to be an accidental drowning at Lake Jacomo.

The victim is a 50-year-old Kansas City man who was with a group of boys camping nearby. The man’s name has not been released pending notification of relatives, said Deputy Ronda Montgomery, spokeswoman with the sheriff’s department.

Deputies were summoned to the lake around 3:30 a.m. on a report that a man had walked into the lake near Beach and Colbern Road. A fisherman in the area noticed someone walking toward the water and yelled at him. The man yelled back but continued to walk into the water, Montgomery said.

The fisherman left the area to summon an overnight security guard. When they returned, the man was floating in the lake. They called 911, and deputies responded moments later.

They pulled the man from the water and brought his body to the dock for emergency workers. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Preliminary information indicates the man was mentally handicapped and camping with a group of boys when he walked away from their campsite, Montgomery said.

| Glenn E. Rice,