Kyle Dean Walker (Courtesy: Facebook)
GARDEN CITY — Officials found the body of Logan man in Bear Lake on Monday, according to the Rich County Sheriff’s Office.
The man was found deceased in about 5 feet of water, authorities said.
The sheriff’s office identified the victim as 31-year-old Kyle Dean Walker.
In a statement, the sheriff’s office said Walker’s body was discovered after a Bear Lake State Park employee reported a vehicle parked overnight in a day use area. The park employee said that a man was seen in the water using scuba gear on Sunday.
Sheriff’s deputies found Walker was the listed owner of the vehicle and began contacting his family members, according to the statement from deputies. None of them had reportedly seen Walker since Saturday, though.
Officials launched a search for the man. Utah State Parks assisted using a boat equipped with sonar, the sheriff’s office wrote. Shortly after the search began, Walker was discovered deceased in a shallower area of the lake, where the water was about 5 feet deep.
A dive team responded to the scene to help in recovering Walker’s body.
It wasn’t immediately known if Walker was with anyone else before his death or if he was visiting Bear Lake alone.
Friends and family shared memories on social media. They described him as an incredible person, who will be greatly missed.
Authorities didn’t specify which area of the lake Walker’s vehicle was found, and it wasn’t specified whether his body was discovered near where his vehicle was parked or if he was found in a separate location.
An investigation is now underway into the cause of death.