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Boaters discover body in water at Hubbard Creek Reservoir

Boaters discover body in water at Hubbard Creek Reservoir
June 08
17:06 2019

A man was found deceased, floating in the water at Hubbard Creek Reservoir, just after 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

According to Stephens County Chief Deputy Kevin Roach, the body was discovered by some boaters who were out on the lake. On Sunday evening, the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office identified the deceased man as Clay C. Kinchen, age 48, of Ranger.

At about 1:15 p.m., Roach responded to a report of a body in the lake. Game Warden Clifton Westbrook, who was already on a boat in the lake, also responded to the scene and found the person in the water next to an empty water craft.

Stephens County Justice of the Peace Steve Spoon was called to the scene and pronounced the man dead. The JP ordered the body sent to Tarrant County for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.

At this time, officials do not have any suspicion or indication of foul play, Roach said. The incident is still under investigation by the Stephens County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Department of Parks and Wildlife.

Roach said, at this time, officials do not know the cause of death.

This is the first on-water death that has occurred at the lake this year, according to Westbrook and Roach.


Story by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan

Cutline, top photo: Stephens County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Kevin Roach and Game Warden Clifton Westbrook walk along the shore at Bob Clark Landing on Hubbard Creek Reservoir. They are investigating the death of a man whose body was found floating in the lake around 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8. (Photo by Tony Pilkington/Breckenridge Texan)

Editor’s Note: This article was updated at about 10:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 9, to add the identification of the deceased.

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