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Soldier recovered from Lake Elmer Thomas

FORT SILL, Okla._The body of the soldier that went missing Saturday has been recovered from Lake Elmer Thomas.

Pfc. Patrick Washington, 28, of A Battery, 1st Battalion, 31st Field Artillery, was reported to be in a one-man kayak with another soldier when the kayak flipped over. The other soldier was able to swim to shore but Washington never resurfaced. Dive teams from the Lawton Police Department and Wichita Falls Police Department as well as assistance from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol began searching Sunday morning; they were able to recover Washington at approximately 4:00 p.m. Monday.

"Everybody i talked to that knew him personally and the chain of command spoke greatly about him. Great athlete, great leader even though he was a young soldier, he was on the post basketball team and was very well respected despite his short time in the military and his low rank," said Col Glenn Waters, Fort Sill Garrison Commander.

He is survived by his wife and two young children.

At this time, it is still unknown if he was wearing a life jacket or if alcohol was involved. Fort Sill will continue to investigate.

5/6/2014 UPDATE: Dive teams recover body from Fort Sill lake


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