KOSCIUSKO COUNTY – A Fort Wayne woman’s body was found at the bottom of Silver Lake Saturday evening, Aug. 2, after a three-hour search.
Natalie Zellers, 38, died after falling off a boat during a boat ride with her husband, according to a press release from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.
Indiana conservation officers responded to a call around 6 p.m. after Zellers, who was standing on the front of the boat, fell backwards into the water and never resurfaced, the press release stated. Her husband attempted to rescue her while witnesses nearby called 911.
Her body was found in 22 feet of water around 9 p.m.
Both Zellers and her husband were wearing life jackets while swimming in the water, but removed them once they were back in the boat.
Officers used side scan sonar to locate Zellers’ body. The Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department, Silver Lake Police, Silver Lake Fire, Warsaw Police, Warsaw Fire, Lifemed EMS and State Police also aided in the rescue.
The Kosciusko County Coroner and Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the incident.
Indiana Conservation Officer Jonathon Boyd reminded the public “to wear life jackets in boats and around the water, not just during swimming” in the press release.