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Indianapolis man drowns Sunday in Lake Monroe

A 31-year-old Indianapolis man drowned Sunday afternoon in Lake Monroe, Indiana Conservation Officer Lt. Angela Goldman said.

William Snoddy was swimming off the back of a boat in the Allen’s Creek area of the lake, Goldman said. He was not wearing a life jacket.

An autopsy was scheduled for 10 a.m. Tuesday morning, Monroe County Coroner Joani Shields said in an email.

The Indiana Department of Natural Resources received a call around 4 p.m. Sunday about a man that had gone under the water in Lake Monroe, Goldman said.

Several additional agencies responded including Monroe County Sheriff's Office, IU Health and Monroe County Dive Team.

A sonar system that works of the side of boats provided an image of the bottom of the lake, which helped officials locate Snoddy’s body, Goldman said.

Scuba divers recovered his body around 10 p.m. Sunday.

His death was one of three drownings Indiana Conservation Officers were called to this weekend, Goldman said.

She said she recommends people always wear a life jacket.

“Even if you’re a swimmer and most certainly if you’re a non-swimmer, anytime you’re going to be on the waterways it’s just so important that you have a lifejacket not only availablebut that you’re wearing it,” she said.

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