Monitor Staff Reports
TAWAKONI–The family dog, who had gone on the duck hunting trip with a Qunilan man and his 5-year-old son who did not return Monday lead rescuers to the body of the boy who was out on his first duck hunt about 11:30 p.m. Monday. The father’s body was discovered about 12 hours later at 9:45 a.m. Tuesday.
The missing persons were identified as Corey Saunders, 26, and his son Nathan.
Texas Game Warden Steve Stapleton believes rough weather, plus a lot of heavy hunting gear in the small boat may have contributed to the accident. He added that Lake Tawakoni is unpredictable and is known for being a rough and difficult lake.
The man’s wife reported the pair missing, stating that the pair left at 5 a.m. and when she returned home from work, they had not returned, Hunt County Sheriff Randy Meeks said at a news conference Tuesday afternoon.
The investigation determined that neither victims were wearing life jackets when their bodies were found. Autopsies reported cause of death was accidental drowning.
The boat was discovered early Tuesday near the area where the boy’s body was found, he reported. It was turned completely over on a stump, Stapleton said. in the middle of the Caddo Inlet arm of the lake.
The emotional impact of the incident on everyone, including he investigators was addressed.
“Game wardens work a lot of grounds, but the ones that hit closest to home are those with a kid. If you want to see a game warden cry, this is the place to be, he said. “Garme wardens preach life jackets. We enforce life jacket rules. It’s because of tragedies like this. We don’t know all the circumstances. We don’t know if jackets were involved or not. I can tell you the child we recovered did not have a life jacket on.”
Stapleton stressed the importance of boarters to have a float plan. “Let people know where you’re going, when you’re going to be back and always be mindful of the weather.”
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Monitor Staff Reports
ATHENS–Hopefully the last murder charge of 2016, was leveled against a man in Log Cabin Wednesday.
Sheriff Botie Hillhouse reports Daniel Joseph Scott, 28, has been charged with murdering his wife, Alicia, 29.
Formerly Alicia Weaver, she was a graduate of Kemp High School.
Alicia was pronounced dead from a gunshot wound, shortly after midnight Dec. 28 at the East Texas Medical Center in Athens.
The Henderson County jail records list two men with the name of Daniel Joseph Scott. However, the 28-year-old has no prior arrest record in the county, while the 40-year-old has a long arrest record.
The body of the deceased was sent for autopsy at the Southwest Institute for Science in Dallas.
The accused is being held on a $3,500,000 bond.
A press release states that the accused also has an outstanding arrest warrant from an assault charge outside of Henderson County.
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By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
CEDAR CREEK LAKE–Funeral services were held Tuesday for Troy Elcany Saunders, 20, who died Friday in a traffic accident south of Grand Saline. Services were held at the Beacon Church of Christ in Gun Barrel City.
Troy was attending Trinity Valley Community College and was known as a talented local musician. Troy won the Fiddler’s Reunion contest in Athens two years in a row and proudly served as a judge for two more. He was a former member of the “Chris Wayne Band” and was employed at Guitars Etc. in Athens.
The Eustace High School graduate died in a head-on collision with a utility delivery truck on Farm-to-Market 17 south of Grand Saline that occurred around 8:22 a.m. Dec. 23. According to the Department of Public Safety, Saunders was traveling north toward Grand Saline, when in a curve his vehicle went off the side of the road and he over corrected, crossed the center line and met oncoming traffic. Troy was driving a 2006 Ford F-150 pickup truck.
Many in the Cedar Creek Lake and Henderson County knew him and admired his musical skills on the guitar and knew him to be a kind, giving and compassionate person. Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home handled the final arrangements. He is survived by his parents Lucille and David Saunders of Mabank, sister Laura Henderson of Tyler and brother John Burnett of Duncanville.