UPDATE: Body of Fort Riley soldier recovered from Milford Lake

By: KAKE News / WIBW Email
By: KAKE News / WIBW Email

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JUNCTION CITY, Kan. -- The body of a Fort Riley soldier who drowned at Milford Lake last week while duck hunting has been recovered.

The Geary County Sheriff's Department says the body of 31-year-old Thomas Hedrick III was found just before 1:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Hedrick was hunting on Christmas Eve when the boat he was in became stranded on the ice and he fell through.

Boats with enhanced side scan sonar, cold water dive teams and other supporters helped in the recovery effort, which was delayed twice due to weather.

Spc. Hedrick was a soldier stationed at Fort Riley, assigned to the 1st Infantry Division's 1st Combat Aviation Brigade. He was from Thebes, Illinois.

"We are deeply saddened by this tragedy, yet thankful that our civil
partners, particularly those from Geary County, were able to recover Thomas' remains," said Maj. Gen. Paul E. Funk II, 1st Inf. Div. and Fort Riley commanding general. "We hope this begins to bring much needed closure and peace to his family and friends, whom we continue to support during this very trying time."

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