Panola Co. man found in pond identified
PANOLA COUNTY, TX (KSLA) - The man found in a private pond not far from his Panola County home on Monday has been identified.
Chief Deputy John Depresca says it was 83-year-old Rudolph Vance, known to family and friends as Rudy.
The search for Vance began after his wife called 911 to report that he had been fishing in their private pond earlier in the day. When he didn't show up when expected, she went to the pond looking for him. According to Panola County Sheriff Kevin Lake, she went to the looking for him and found his truck parked and his boat floating unoccupied in the pond.
Panola Co. sheriff's deputies and agents with the Texas Dept. of Fish & Wildlife began a search in the area of the 5-acre pond along CR 121 south of Carthage, off of FM 10.
In addition to deputies and the game warden, DPS troopers, the constable and Carthage and Gary fire departments and EMS all responded to assist in the search.
His body was found in the water at approximately 3:48 p.m.
Vance's body has been sent to the Southwest forensic crime lab in Dallas for autopsy.
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