Officials say they believe the death of Lucas Pfander, 17, of Dayton, Ohio was just an accident.
Pfander was vacationing on Lake Cumberland with a friend and his friend’s parents.
The houseboat was stopped for the night in a cove-like area and the parents and the two boys had turned in for the night about 4:00 Friday morning.
“He was last seen sleeping on an air mattress on the upper deck of the houseboat,” says Wayne County Coroner Forrest Hicks.
But about 7:30 a.m., Lucas couldn't be found. The family called for help from Conley Bottom Resort where they had rented the houseboat. Hours later, Lucas's body was found under 16 feet of water, not far from the boat.
“We don't suspect foul play," said Hicks.
Officials think Lucas may have just fallen from the upper deck of the houseboat into the water and drowned.
“That's a possibility but we're not ruling anything out. It's still under investigation to figure out the circumstances that may have led to his death,” said Hicks.
An autopsy will be performed Saturday in Frankfort. The coroner says alcohol or drugs are not suspected factors.