LEESBURG — The body of the second individual who fell through the ice at a Leesburg quarry has been recovered.
Allen Stattler, 41, Dowagiac, Mich., was located at approximately 11 a.m. this morning and recovered from the quarry around noon today, Feb. 22, according to Kosciusko County Coroner Tony Ciriello. The first individual Dustin Reaker, 29, Bremen, was recovered at 7 p.m. Sunday.
Cirello stated both Stattler and Dustin Reaker, 29, Bremen, were found in approximately 20 feet of water and appear to have fallen into the water at the same time.
The investigation revealed at Reaker and Stattler possibly went ice fishing Friday evening, Feb. 19, and never returned.
Indiana Conservation Officers, along with the Kosciusko County Dive Team and Warsaw Dive Team began their search and recovery Sunday afternoon at which time Reaker’s body was recovered. The search resumed this morning.
Witnesses found ice fishing equipment on the ice next to a large hole and reported it to law enforcement. A second witness stated the fishing equipment had been out there all day. Indiana Conservation Officers responded to the scene and located evidence someone had fallen through.
The quarry is located on private property owned by Phend & Brown Inc., at 76 W. 600N, Leesburg.
North Webster and Leesburg fire departments were contacted to provide sleds for officers to go out onto the ice. Turkey Creek Fire Territory was also called for use of their airboat.