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Tennessee Man Apparent Drowning Victim Found in Crystal Lake

Man Reported Missing by Friends

Lake Wales Police and firefighters recovered the body of 31-year-old Christopher Shoemaker from

Crystal Lake late Friday morning.

Shoemaker, of Greeneville, Tennessee, was last seen by friends on Wednesday night, November 30, swimming in the

lake, but they were reportedly uncertain if he had left the lake or experienced a problem

while in the water, according to a police statement. Officers and Polk County Deputies searched Lake Wailes and Crystal Lake as well as the surrounding area but were unable to locate Shoemaker, but found articles of clothing belonging to him.

According to police there is no apparent foul play. The investigation is pending results from the Medical Examiner.


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