The body of missing University Park Police Department Sergeant Robert Ramsey was recovered from Lake Tawakoni earlier today. Texas State Game Warden, along with West Tawakoni Fire and PD units were on scene this morning in a continued effort to locate Sgt. Ramsey.
Shortly after 1:00 PM on Wednesday afternoon, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office received a call of a missing duck hunter who was hunting on Lake Tawakoni. Reports are that Ramsey’s personal effects were found on a dock located in the 2 mile marina, just off Highway 276, but the hunter and his boat were missing.
Texas State Game Wardens along with West Tawakoni Fire, Tawakoni South Fire and West Tawakoni Police Departments responded. Once making scene, first responders launched 3 boats and started a search of the lake. Officers were told the hunters phone, keys & wallet were found on the dock.
After a short search turned up nothing, more departments were called to the scene including, Hunt County Sheriff’s Office, Cash Fire & Rescue & East Tawakoni Fire departments.
Texas Department of Public Safety sent out a helicopter around 3:00 PM. DPS helicopter 101 made scene and scanned the lake coves, attempting to locate Ramsey and his Bass Tracker Boat, the search also came up empty.
As sunset approached, and all local departments still on scene, Hunt County received a phone call from a caller stating they believed they found the missing boat. Rescue crews responded in boats to the area of Holiday Shores In Van Zandt County to confirm that the boat the caller found was the missing hunter’s.
After officers checked the TX Boat Numbers they were able to confirm that this was Ramsey’s boat. On board was a gun, decoys and a kayak that the hunter carried to hunt out of. Ramsey was nowhere to be found.
The search resumed when boats were launched in the water this morning around 7:30AM by Texas Game Wardens. Units used Sonar scanning equipment to search the area of the dock, where the missing 57 year old was last seen.