Body pulled from Scottsdale lake

UPDATE: Thursday morning

SCOTTSDALE RANCH -- Investigators have confirmed the identity of the man who drowned in Scottsdale Ranch's Lake Serena earlier this week.

The man's body was recovered Wednesday and was later identified by the medical examiner.

Kevin McDonald, 39, reportedly told a friend he was going swimming on Tuesday. That's the last time he was seen alive.

Somebody who was near the the lake saw McDonald go under the water. When he didn't resurface, that person had someone else call 911.

Rescuers spent hours scouring the lake, but were unable to find anything and eventually called off the search.

McDonald's body was spotted Wednesday and subsequently recovered.

It's not clear what caused McDonald to go under.

UPDATE -- Wednesday, noon:

SCOTTSDALE RANCH -- The Scottsdale police and fire departments are back at Lake Serena in the Scottsdale Ranch Community for a victim recovery, according to Scottsdale police Sgt. Mark Clark.


SCOTTSDALE RANCH --The following is a press release from the Scottsdale Police Dept.:

Scottsdale Fire Department search and rescue efforts at Lake Serena in the Scottsdale Ranch Community are anticipated to wrap-up by 6 p.m. tonight. The Phoenix Police Department has done an extensive search of the lake using a sonar device and the Tempe Fire Department Dive Team spent several hours in the water searching for a man that reportedly had last been seen swimming in the lake around 11 a.m. this morning.

Residents in the area have been asked to remain vigilant, limit recreational boating on the lake, and to call 911 if they see anything in the water or along the shoreline.

A special thank you to the Scottsdale Ranch staff, residents and other valley fire and police departments for their assistance with today's search.

This incident is a sobering reminder that you are never old enough to swim alone. As with children, adults should always swim with a buddy.


A dive team has been called out to the Scottsdale Ranch community lake, where a man apparently went under water and never resurfaced.

It happened late Tuesday morning near Shea Boulevard and 100th Street.

Details are still coming in, but according to Tiffani Nichols, a public information officer with the Scottsdale Fire Department, somebody in the area saw the man go under and told an office worker to call 911.

Nichols said Lake Serena's water is very murky and that nobody has been found yet.

Crews from both the Phoenix Fire Department and the Scottsdale Department are on the scene.

A dive team is searching the water and air support has been called in to help.

Scottsdale Ranch contains several neighborhoods made up of nearly 4,000 residences.

Lake Serena is a private 42-acre lake with five miles of shoreline within the community.

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