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Gardner man drowns at Hillsdale Lake

By The Herald Staff | 6/23/2014

HILLSDALE LAKE — A 57-year-old Gardner man’s body was recovered about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Hillsdale Lake — the second drowning in as many months at the popular recreational spot north of Paola in Miami County.

Timothy R. Jackson was last seen on his Jet Ski about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the lake’s Jayhawk Marina, according to a Miami County Sheriff’s Office news release. Jackson did not return home Saturday evening, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks office received a report about a missing man 10:15 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Jackson’s body was recovered about two hours later near the shoreline on the west side of the lake, authorities said. His Jet Ski was reported to be found nearby.

HILLSDALE LAKE — A 57-year-old Gardner man’s body was recovered about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at Hillsdale Lake — the second drowning in as many months at the popular recreational spot north of Paola in Miami County.

Timothy R. Jackson was last seen on his Jet Ski about 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the lake’s Jayhawk Marina, according to a Miami County Sheriff’s Office news release. Jackson did not return home Saturday evening, and the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks office received a report about a missing man 10:15 a.m. Sunday, authorities said. Jackson’s body was recovered about two hours later near the shoreline on the west side of the lake, authorities said. His Jet Ski was reported to be found nearby.

The incident remained under investigation Monday morning, but investigators said it appears Jackson’s death was an accidental drowning.

On May 24, Mark Selbee, 45, Leawood, drowned at the lake after diving into the water from his boat.

A boater, who found two of Selbee’s children alone in a boat on the lake that afternoon, said the children told him their father jumped into the water and never surfaced, according to Herald archives. Searchers, using sonar, located Selbee’s body about 27 hours later.

Hillsdale Lake, a 10-minute drive south of Olathe, annually receives more than 2 million visitors, according to the Jayhawk Marina website.

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