Teenager's Body Found In Lake Cumberland

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.


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  • by m. Location: Canada on Jul 15, 2008 at 04:12 PM
    My brother when to Costa Rica and Met Lucas. I do not know him, but i keep his family in my prayers. RIP
  • by Debra Location: Moraine Ohio on Jul 15, 2008 at 07:08 AM
    Lucas was an exceptional young man and will be missed by all who had the privledge to know him.
  • by Erika Location: Dayton, OH on Jul 14, 2008 at 06:30 PM
    you all don't know lucas... i did! i worked with him at splash moraine! he was a great guy! loads of fun & always made people smile! this has been such a horrible loss... if everyone could keep his family in their prayers that would be greatly appreciated! his viewing is tomorrow tuesday & the funeral is on wednesday! these are going to be a rough few days & weeks for us all especially his parents! thanks
  • by Susan Location: Dayton Ohio on Jul 14, 2008 at 08:39 AM
    To answer some of the questions in this post. Yes Lucas Pfander could swim. He works at Splash Moraine in Ohio as a lifeguard and is on the swim team at his high school. There is more to this story than everyone realizes.
  • by Peggy Location: Ky on Jul 13, 2008 at 09:20 AM
    How awful for his family and the family he was vacationing with! I'm sure this is something none of these people will ever get over.
  • by Sad Location: Ky on Jul 13, 2008 at 05:24 AM
    My heart goes out to the family and to the ones this kid was here with.Maybe he woke up and was to sleepy to realize how close to the edge he was, falling and knocking himself out. It is a terrible tragedy and I will pray for comfort to all.
  • by gabe Location: harlan on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:52 PM
    What i dont understand is if the boy feel into the lake from the upper deck wouldnt they have heard him fall into the water, it dont make since,
  • by huh Location: is it just me? on Jul 12, 2008 at 01:34 PM
    Something is not right about this story. Either they left out part of it, which would not be uncommon, or there is more than meets the eye. Someone doesn't just fall off into the water without someone hearing them hit the water. It will be interesting to see what else comes out about this story.........
  • by Anonymous on Jul 12, 2008 at 11:00 AM
    could this boy not swin?????

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