Crews find body of missing paddle boarder

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — The body of the man who went missing after paddle boarding on Eagle Creek Reservoir was found Sunday morning.

The search for 56-year-old David Fiege started around 9 p.m. Friday, using sonar techniques, boat grids and a helicopter. His family says David was supposed to return home from paddle boarding around 7:30 Friday night. When he didn’t show-up, they started to worry and called police.

Crews found David’s paddle and paddle board, with his life jacket attached to it.  Officials say the search stopped shortly after 11 p.m. though, because of the dark and windy conditions.

Multiple agencies picked-up again around 7 a.m. Saturday in the daylight, including the Department of Natural Resources, the Indianapolis Fire Department, Pike Township Fire and Wayne Township Fire. When Fiege wasn’t found Saturday, the search was suspended until Sunday, when he was found.

David’s family told officials that he’d been out on the water there many times in the past.

“According to family, years of experience. This is the first year they purchased a paddle board, but he’s been out multiple times this year and was an avid driftwood collector, that’s why we were hopeful that maybe we could find him somewhere on shore,” said Jet Quillen, from the department of Natural Resources.

The investigation into Feige’s cause of death is ongoing. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday morning.

Angi Fiege issued this statement on bahalf of the Friege family:

“He was an amazing man, husband and father as anyone who had the good fortune of knowing him could easily affirm. His death is a heartbreaking loss not only to his wife and children, but his coworkers at IU Methodist and the community of Speedway as well.  He loved the water and he loved life.  He always a had a twinkle in his eye and was quick to find the humor in any situation when it would pass by most others.  The Fiege family would like to extend our profound gratitude to those who worked so diligently to find Dave, including the DNR, Pike Township Fire and Rescue, the joint efforts of IMPD and Speedway police, all the divers and canines, as well as the countless volunteers and neighbors in the Eagle Creek area who helped in the search. The weather conditions were challenging to say the least.   Words alone can never express our gratitude for the selfless efforts of others that have brought some degree of peace to our family.”

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