The body of an Illinois State Police master sergeant from Hillsboro was recovered from Glenn Shoals Lake Sunday evening, the victim of a boating accident and a three-hour search.
Bob Price, 49, of Hillsboro, was pronounced dead at the scene at 7:52 p.m. by Montgomery County Coroner Rick Broaddus. According to an autopsy performed Monday, the death was the result of drowning, Broaddus said.
A lake resident had called 911 at 4:45 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, to report a man in the water who he could see from his house. The victim had evidently fallen out of his boat, but the boat was running by itself and circling around him.
The Hillsboro Fire Department dive team was summoned, and a few minutes later, the caller reported that he had lost sight of the victim.
Two sonar devices were put into use. The Litchfield Fire Department dive team was called to the station and put on standby.
According to Illinois Department of Natural Resources Conservation Police Officer Matt Lentz, Price had been on the lake working on a lake lot. The accident occurred on the west side of the lake, across from Irving Cove. Lentz said he is still investigating the victim's 16-foot Jon boat.
According to a statement issued by ISP Director Hiram Grau, "Master Sergeant Price was a dedicated and honorable member of the department, and his service will be remembered by the men and women of the ISP and the citizens he served."
He was a 17-year veteran of the ISP beginning his career in District 18 in Litchfield. He served with the Executive Protection Unit, Medicaid Fraud Control Bureau, and District 11 patrol. His last assignment was Administrative Master Sergeant at District 18.