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UPDATE: Divers find body of second boater on Pyramid Lake

Posted: July 2, 2014 11:11 a.m.
Updated: July 2, 2014 4:44 p.m.
 

 Divers searching Pyramid Lake on Wednesday found the body of a 64-year-old man just 30 feet from where the man’s companion was found dead Sunday.

The search for Jack Thirasack of Baldwin Park was in its fourth day when divers with the Sheriff’s Department Emergency Services Detail located his body 20 feet from the shore near the place where the body of his companion, Rick Tanovan, was found Sunday, said Lt. Steve Jauch of the sheriff’s Homicide Bureau.

“The body was found in very dense, heavy, thick foliage,” Jauch said Wednesday, referring to vegetation below the water’s surface.

Thirasack’s body was found around 9:15 a.m. about 30 feet northeast of where Tanovan’s body was found.

“The (underwater) foliage is very thick and very dangerous, making visibility very low,” Jauch said. “You could see from the aerial footage just how this foliage was the reason for the delay (in discovering Thirasack’s body).”

Neither Thirasack nor Tanovan, a 52-year-old West Covina resident, was wearing a life jacket when the boat sank, the lieutenant said, adding that his investigation will now focus on the men’s boat.

The craft, found submerged in the lake Sunday, was described as a 15-foot bass fishing boat designed specifically to accommodate people fishing.

“We’ll be making a very close examination of the boat, a very particular examination of that boat,” Jauch said.

“It’s a tragic accident. It appears that both were drowning victims,” he said of Thirasack and Tanovan, though he noted the coroner is expected to determine the exact cause of death.

“The families of both men want answers, and we are putting the pieces of the puzzle together.”

“Right now we have no signs of foul play and no indication there was a collision,” said Parks Bureau Deputy Johnie Jones. “So we’re unsure what happened.”

The cause and manner of each victim’s death is yet to be determined, said Lt. Joe Bale of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Department on Wednesday.

Coroner’s investigators hope to examine the body of the latest victim Thursday and, although an autopsy was done on the first victim, the cause of Tanovan’s death has been “deferred,” he said.

Coroner investigators are awaiting the results of routine toxicology tests on Tanovan’s body, Bale said.

Sheriff’s deputies were contacted about the discovery of Tonovan’s body in the water by a man on a personal watercraft about 11:20 a.m. Sunday.

The discovery was made in the south part of Pyramid Lake near Chumash Island, investigators said.

Parks Bureau deputies found Tanovan in the water about 11:30 a.m. and tried unsuccessfully to resuscitate him with CPR.

Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Homicide Bureau at 323-890-5500.

Those who prefer to provide information anonymously may call “Crime Stoppers” by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), or texting the letters TIPLA plus your tip to CRIMES (274637), or by using the website http://lacrimestoppers.org.

jholt@signalscv.com
661-287-5527
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