A body was recovered on Lake of the Ozarks this morning and has been determined to be that of a missing 20-year-old male from Illinois who fell overboard near the 6-mile marker of the Main Channel on May 31, 2017.

A body was recovered on Lake of the Ozarks this morning and has been determined to be that of a missing 20-year-old male from Illinois who fell overboard near the 6-mile marker of the Main Channel on May 31, 2017. 

At approximately 8:25 a.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2017, a body was recovered on Lake of the Ozarks, within a cove at the 5.7 mile-mark, in Morgan County, according to Missouri State Highway Patrol Troop F Spokesman Sgt. Scott White. 

The body was discovered by a nearby resident who notified law enforcement officials. 

The body was recovered in the vicinity where Jesse A. Blakely, 20, of Matteson, Illinois, was reported to have fell overboard from a moving boat on May 31, 2017, at 7:35 p.m., between the 6 and 7 mile-marker of the main channel.

The online report has been updated and the family has been notified while an autopsy will be scheduled within the next few days in Boone County. 

Identification: 

The person who fell overboard last Wednesday night on the Lake of the Ozarks and still considered missing has been identified as a 20-year-old male from Illinois, according to a Missouri State Highway Patrol boating incident report.

Jesse A. Blakely, of Matteson, Illinois, was “walking around” a 2016 Colbalt Runabout when the vessel struck a wake, ejecting the 20-year-old passenger. Jacob C. Brick, 20, of Urbandale, Iowa, was listed as the captain of the vessel. Neither Blakely or Brick were listed as wearing safety devices. 

The vessel was traveling southbound at approximately 7:35 p.m. near the 6-mile marker of the Main Channel when the incident occurred.

According to the report, the disposition of the boat was described as “driven from scene by sober operator.”

Initial Report: 

After temporarily suspending the search for a person who went missing on Lake of the Ozarks, marine troopers with the Missouri State Highway Patrol continued surface searches for the individual who fell from a boat around the 6 to 7 mile markers of the main channel last Wednesday evening.

The patrol has been in contact with the family of the missing person.

On May 31, state troopers and firefighters from Mid-County and Lake Ozark fire protection districts began searching for a missing person in this area of the lake. Preliminary information indicated a subject had fallen from a boat and did not resurface.

Surface and sonar searches were conducted that evening with the MSHP Dive Team resuming the search Thursday morning, June 1. The dive team searched around the 7 mile marker area most of the day before suspending operations that evening.

On Friday, June 2, the search continued, but sonar and dive operations were suspended that afternoon due to rough water and increased boat traffic. 

According to MSHP spokesperson Sgt. Scott White, the water was too rough for the sonar to operate effectively and help provide specific locations for the dive team to search. The general locale of the incident is at a busy intersection of the lake being located at the mouth of the Gravois Arm. 

The dive team was searching in water over 70 feet deep with the sonar, White said. Because troopers didn’t have information about the precise location where the subject went overboard from a moving boat, the search area was just generally conducted between the 6 and 7 mile markers.