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MCSO: Body of man recovered from Lake Pleasant, missing for almost two months

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Posted at 1:21 PM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 16:48:42-04

LAKE PLEASANT, AZ — The body of a missing man who fell off a jet ski and drowned at Lake Pleasant in May has been recovered and identified, according to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office.

The body of Ronald Hylton, 49, was found by a boater on July 13 -- nearly two months after he went missing -- southeast of Roadrunner Island and north of the Roadrunner Campgrounds, according to a release.

The Maricopa County Medical Examiner later positively identified the body, according to MCSO.

Patrol deputies with MCSO responded to the Bobcat Day Use area on May 26 for a report of a drowning. Hylton was riding as a passenger on a jet ski driven by his 22-year-old daughter when both fell off. MCSO said.

Hylton was not wearing a life vest and "struggled to stay afloat and went under water and didn't resurface," according to MCSO's release.

Officials searched the water after the initial disappearance, but could not locate him.

On Tuesday, Hylton's body was found wearing the same clothing he was described to be wearing when he went missing.

MCSO said there is no indication of foul play related to the man's death.