Police recover body of man who jumped into Joe Pool Lake

Public safety officials recovered the body of a middle-aged man from Joe Pool Lake on Saturday evening.

Grand Prairie police received a call at 7:30 a.m. from a driver who saw a person leave his vehicle on the Lake Ridge Parkway bridge and jump into the lake.

Detective Lyle Gensler, a police spokesman, said a dive team began searching the lake at 8 a.m. and by 3:30 p.m., the department and Texas game wardens had a pair of boats searching the water’s surface using sonar.

Lt. Lance May, a game warden, said the body was recovered at 4:30 p.m.

“It appears to be the same person we were looking for since 7:30 this morning,” Gensler said.

He added that this is an ongoing investigation and police have not yet discovered the cause of death.

The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office will release the person’s information after identifying the body and notifying next of kin.

Gensler could not recall how high the bridge is from the lake’s surface, but he estimates that it’s 75-100 feet. He also said it is illegal to jump from the bridge.

— Dustin L. Dangli, 817-390-7770