Body of Denton fisherman recovered after extensive search

The Texas Parks and Wildlife division is investigating the drowning of a 76-year-old fisherman earlier this week.

On Tuesday, the Denton Fire Department was dispatched to the area of the Elm Fork Trinity River east of Denton for a possible drowning.

Officials received a 9-1-1 call from a woman who stated her and her husband were fishing on the banks of the river when the ground gave way. Her husband fell into the water and never resurfaced.

Rescue crews had difficulty accessing the scene due to muddy conditions and limited access. Drones and rescues boat were requested for assistance, including Lewisville FD’s Dive Team, Texas Parks and Wildlife Division, and the Flower Mound Fire Department.

Emergency responders searched for much of the day Tuesday, but were unable to find the man before sundown. The search was halted at sundown on Tuesday, but resumed at daybreak on Wednesday. After an extensive search, rescue crews found the victim’s body around 2:35pm on Wednesday.

The victim has been identified as a 76-year-old man.

In all, over 60 fire personnel, police officers, park rangers, and City of Denton Parks and Public Works personnel representing eight organizations responded.