Missing Arkansas deputy’s body found in Lake Ouachita

Deputy Keith Wright
Deputy Keith Wright

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) — The body of an Arkansas deputy sheriff missing for more than a month after diving into a lake with a friend has been found in the lake.

Grant County Sheriff Ray Vance said Saturday that the body of Deputy Keith Wright was found Friday night in the area where he and another man had jumped into Lake Ouachita, about 70 miles (113 kilometers) west of Little Rock.

Missing Arkansas Deputy jumped from party barge

Authorities say Wright and the man jumped from a party barge into the lake on July 19 and when they resurfaced the barge had drifted away. As the two swam to the barge, Wright disappeared.

Deputy Keith Wright

Wright previously was a Pine Bluff police officer and a Pulaski County sheriff’s deputy and officials say he also had taught diving lessons.

Vance said Wright “made a mistake and it turned tragic.”