Authorities have released the identity of a deceased woman days after she disappeared while boating in Coleto Creek on Memorial Day.
Geraldine Yorek, 59, of Navasota, was discovered by Texas Parks and Wildlife game wardens Tuesday morning at the reservoir, said Game Warden Chelsea Bailey.
The release of her name was delayed to provide sufficient time to inform family members about her death.
Yorek was the owner and founder of KGM Express, a Cypress-based hot shot delivery service, said employee Kelly Michael, whom she hired as a driver soon after starting the business about 20 years ago.
Although Yorek had few living family members, she was loved by her employees, he said.
“We were the closest thing she had to a family,” Michael said.
He further described Yorek as “very strong willed” and having an admirable character.
“The woman stayed busy,” he said. “If she didn’t have 10 irons in the fire, she wasn’t happy,” Michael said.
Yorek was also an avid animal lover who cared for more than half a dozen dogs, cows she considered pets, rabbits and other creatures.
“She was extremely interesting,” Michael said. “It was never a dull moment to be around her.”
While boating with two men in the reservoir’s Twin Lakes area, Yorek disappeared after falling into the water. She never resurfaced.
“They couldn’t find her when she went in,” the game warden said.
Divers for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department thought they had located her late Memorial Day with side-scanning sonar but were unable to retrieve her because of rapidly falling darkness.
The next morning, she was found about 50 feet from shore beneath the surface in a cove.
Goliad dispatchers received a 911 call reporting Yorek missing at 5:51 p.m. Memorial Day, and deputies and game wardens immediately responded, according to a Goliad County Sheriff’s Office news release.
Bailey said she was unsure whether Yorek was suffering from any pre-existing medical conditions, adding a pending autopsy would likely answer those questions.
Goliad County Sheriff’s Capt. John Pape said an autopsy scheduled Wednesday might answer whether she drowned or died for some other reason.
But toxicology and a complete report would likely not be concluded for many weeks, he said.
Although investigators have not found any evidence of foul play in the woman’s death, the case remains under investigation.