At approximately 11:30 a.m. Thursday morning the body of a Stanton man was recovered from Maskenthine Lake, North of Stanton.
Eddie Myrick, 55, was last seen on Sunday afternoon riding his motorcycle on the ice of the lake and was reported missing around 5:30 p.m. to the Stanton County Sheriff’s office.
An extensive ground search was undertaken and an aerial search of the lake with a drone was done on both Sunday night and Monday morning. No sign of Myrick was located, but aerial footage showed several areas of interest on the lake. Wednesday afternoon an aerial search with a drone indicated physical evidence on the lake and an ice rescue team from Hadar Fire and Pilger Rescue located the helmet of the missing person encased in ice.
Due to darkness all efforts were suspended until Thursday morning and it was then that the body of Myrick was recovered by dive rescue teams from Hadar and Yankton.
Myrick’s body was removed from the scene and an investigation is currently being completed by the Sheriff’s office into his death which will be treated as a traffic fatality due to the motorcycle operation on the lake, unless other circumstances are discovered. Alcohol may have been a contributing factor.
The family of Myrick and Sheriff’s office wishes to thank everyone who was involved in the search and recovery of Eddie. Special thanks to Hadar Fire, Pilger Rescue and Yankton Search and Rescue. Other agencies assisting were Stanton Fire, Stanton County Emergency Management, and the LENRD.