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By Robert Connors
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Tennessee Man Apparent Drowning Victim Found in Crystal Lake

Man Reported Missing by Friends


Last updated 12/3/2022 at 12:42am

Robert Connors

Lake Wales Police Department vehicles were stationed around the Crystal Lake area during a search for a missing man, whose body was later recovered from the waters of the small lake.

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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