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Magnolia man drowns at Lake Tomahawk camp
Polk County Enterprise - August 2008
LIVINGSTON — An 18-year-old Magnolia man drowned at the Lake Tomahawk Baptist Encampment at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, according to a statement released by Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce Investigators. Detectives responded to the Lake Tomahawk Baptist Encampment located off Hwy 190 East after receiving a 911 call of a possible drowning victim. A preliminary investigation showed that four teenage boys who arrived at the camp earlier Tuesday had walked around the lake and attempted to swim back to shore. It is believed that all teens were wearing long baggy pants and shirts weighing them down in the water. Three of the teens turned back due to the weight of their heavy clothing. Gabriel Malone, 18, of Magnolia, attempted to continue swimming across the lake. Witnesses told detectives he began struggling and fi ghting to stay up.
After witnesses told him to take off his clothes, Gabriel disappeared underwater and never came back up. Texas Parks and Wildlife Game Wardens and with the Scenic Loop Fire Department began to search for the teenager and Warden Ryan Hall located the victim a short time later. Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Darrell Longino performed an inquest and ordered an autopsy to be conducted by Dr. Tommy Brown in Jefferson County at the South East Texas Forensic Center. The Polk County Sheriff’s Offi ce was assisted by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Livingston Fire Department, Precinct 4 Commissioners Offi ce, Precinct 1 Justice of the Peace Offi ce, Scenic Loop Volunteer Fire Department, Texas Department of Public Safety, Alabama Coushatta Indian Reservation Security and Volunteer Fire Department, Americare EMS and Cochran Funeral Home.