Deputies recover body of personal watercraft driver on Hillsdale Lake

MIAMI COUNTY, Kan. - The Johnson County Med-Act and Miami County Sheriffs Department recovered the body of a man who had been missing after riding a personal watercraft on Hillsdale Lake.

Timothy R. Jackson, 57, of Gardner, Kan., was recovered from the west side lake at 12:30 p.m. Sunday according to the press release. He was located in 3 ft of water and pronounced deceased when he was taken to shore. Jackson did have a life jacket on. 

The Miami County Sheriff's Deputies said they don't know if Jackson suffered a medical problem before drowning or what occurred. 

Jackson spent Saturday riding a personal watercraft with a friend on the lake. The friend left around 5 p.m. Saturday, and the victim said he was going to ride a while longer. 

Jackson's family called the police Sunday morning when he didn't return home. 

The cause of death is still under investigation. 

Hillsdale Lake was also the scene of a drowning last month. Mark Selbee, an international kickboxing champion, went overboard while boating on May 24. Early reports indicated Selbee was not wearing a life jacket. 

We will update this story as more information becomes available. 

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