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Update: Duck hunter’s body found 12 hours after son’s on Lake Tawakoni

Authorities recovered a boat that a man and boy went out in before they went missing in Hunt County on Monday. The boy’s body was found late Monday night, and the man’s body was found after a search Tuesday.
Authorities recovered a boat that a man and boy went out in before they went missing in Hunt County on Monday. The boy’s body was found late Monday night, and the man’s body was found after a search Tuesday. WFAA-TV

Crews found the body of a missing man in Lake Tawakoni at mid-morning, some 12 hours after they found the body of his 5-year-old son, nbcdfw.com reported.

The father, 25, and son were duck hunting on the lake east of Dallas in Hunt County on Monday, according to WFAA-TV. When they didn’t return by 7:30 p.m., the man’s wife and boy’s mother called police.

The man, his son and their dog went out in a boat launched from Caddo Landing, in the Farm Road 2101 area, nbcdfw.com reported. It was the boy’s first duck-hunting trip, WFAA.com reported.

Authorities found the pair’s truck and trailer and quickly started searching. Capt. Steve Stapleton, a Texas game warden, told WFAA that the dog led them to the boy’s body at about 11:30 p.m.

The overturned boat was found nearby when the sun rose, WFAA reported, and the father’s body was found in the area just before 11 a.m. Tuesday.

The victims’ names have not been released.

Stapleton told WFAA he believes rough weather and the fact that they were carrying a lot of heavy hunting gear in a small boat may have contributed to the accident.

He said Lake Tawakoni is known for being a rough, difficult lake. But he said that encourages duck hunters.

"Duck hunters go when it rains, they thrive in bad conditions. They're up early in the dark, so no it doesn't surprise me," Stapleton said.

Mark David Smith: 817-390-7808, @MarkSmith_FWST

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