Body found in Cowpen Lake in Putnam County

by: Kristy Wolski Updated:

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PUTNAM COUNTY, Fla. - A body was recovered Wednesday evening in Cowpen Lake in western Putnam County.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office was called to East Cowpen Lake Point Road in Hawthorne around 5:27 p.m. Wednesday, according to PCSO Sgt. Hancel Woods.

Woods told Action News early indications are that the man was involved in a canoeing accident. He said the lake ranges from about 2-7 feet deep.

“Initial indications are that it was a boating accident,” said Woods. “That he was out on the boat, apparently without a life preserver or life jacket, and had some sort of boating accident. He ended up in the water.”

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission will handle the investigation because it involves a boating accident.

Woods said the body was discovered by a friend who was looking for the person.

The name and age of the victim have not yet been released.