Deputies recover, identify body of swimmer who didn’t resurface at Lake Pleasant

The man was having trouble swimming before he went under, deputies say.
Published: Jun. 7, 2023 at 5:02 PM MST|Updated: Jun. 8, 2023 at 12:37 PM MST
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LAKE PLEASANT, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -- Maricopa County deputies have identified the body of a swimmer recovered at Lake Pleasant on Wednesday afternoon. The sheriff’s office says 18-year-old Jovanni Thomas-Padilla was found after more than two hours of searching.

Just before 4:30 p.m., investigators were called to the Scorpion Bay Marina for a man who was having trouble swimming. However, he went under and never resurfaced, deputies said. Around 7 p.m., deputies confirmed Thomas-Padilla’s body was found.

The investigation is ongoing.

The swimmer went underwater near the Scorpion Bay Marina.
The swimmer went underwater near the Scorpion Bay Marina.(Arizona's Family)

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