Missing Fisherman’s Body Found at Smithville Lake

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SMITHVILLE, Mo. - Searchers on Sunday found the body of a North Kansas City fisherman missing since Friday at Smithville Lake.

Investigators believe that Gordon Carr, 71, drowned, but said that there isn't any word on whether it was related to any other medical issue. Authorities say that his body has been taken to the Clinton County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

According to Missouri Highway Patrol spokesperson Sgt. Collin Strasburg, searchers found Carr's body floating on Sunday around 1:15 p.m. It was located about 100 yards from where his boat was found empty and adrift by another fisherman on Friday.

"I thought, 'Why is out there in the middle of the lake like that?'  I pulled up and there and nobody was on the boat. It just gave you that eerie feeling," said fisherman Rusty Williams, who found the boat.

Carr's wife of 46 years, Eva Carr, said that her husband loved fishing, and had invited her to go with him on Friday, but she said that it was too hot for her.

"He came and he gave me a hug and he said, 'Well I'm gone. Let the garage go down, make sure you let the garage go down,' and I told him OK. So I let the garage go down and waved him bye bye and that's all," Eva Carr said on Friday.

Stosberg said Carr's body was found without a life jacket.  They said it appeared to have gone out on the water without one, and said this is a tragic reminder about the safety of wearing one.

But safety was always key for Carr, according to his wife.  She said he was also a good swimmer.

"He very careful driving the boat or the car, or he's just really careful about doing that," she said.

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