Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir

Coleto Creek Park and Reservoir

Authorities found a woman Tuesday morning after she was reported to have disappeared under the surface of Coleto Creek while boating on Memorial Day.

Just before 8 a.m., Texas game wardens found the woman submerged about 50 feet from the shore in a cove near the reservoir’s western Twin Lakes area, said Capt. John Pape, of the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.

The woman’s identity was unavailable because next of kin had not been notified, he said, adding that the woman is thought to be a resident outside the Crossroads.

Although no “overt marks” were found on her body, Pape said her death remained under investigation, which is led by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Goliad County Precinct 2 Justice of the Peace Steven Kennedy has requested an autopsy though Central Texas Autopsy in Lockhart.

The woman was reported missing at 5:51 p.m. Monday.

A preliminary investigation determined she was boating with two men when she fell overboard.

After hours of searching, authorities called off the search about 9 p.m., resuming Tuesday morning.

“We don’t rule out anything until the autopsy,” Pape said.

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Jon Wilcox reports on courts for the Victoria Advocate. He may be reached or 361-580-6515.

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Jon covers crime, public safety and the courts at the Victoria Advocate. Born in Huntsville, Ala., he grew up in Atlanta, Ga. and obtained a bachelor's degree in journalism at Texas State University.

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