TEMPLE, Texas (AP) — A Central Texas sheriff’s deputy has drowned after falling from a fishing boat at Belton Lake.
The body of 35-year-old Stephen Kay Foster was found Monday following an extensive search of the lake west of Temple.
The Bell County deputy was with several family and friends in two boats early Sunday when he fell overboard.
A Texas Parks and Wildlife Department dive team helped in the search using sonar equipment.
Game wardens who were searching by helicopter later spotted Foster’s body.
It was not clear how he fell overboard and why those in his group were unable to assist him.
Foster began working in Bell County as a jailer in 2013. He graduated from the police academy and was promoted to deputy last year.