Name Released of Man Found Deceased in Lake Livingston, LIVINGSTON, April 21, 2017 - The name of the man whose body was pulled from Lake Livingston this morning (04/21/17) has been released. Harvey Gene Filla, 71, of Onalaska (Subdivision of Yaupon Cove) was located this morning by a Onalaska VFD boat. Filla was transported to the Jefferson County Medical Examiner's Office for examination. Filla's small fishing boat was spotted by a driver shortly after 7 am today. It is yet to be determined whether Filla actually drowned or had a medical problem that caused him to fall in or a combination of both.
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Deputy Rey Davalos at the Kickapoo Creek Bridge shortly after 7 am.
Body Pulled from Lake Livingston, ONALASKA, April 21, 2017 - Shortly after 7 am on April 21, 2017, a passer by called the Polk County Sheriff's Office after they had spotted a small fishing boat going in circles on the north side of the Kickapoo Creek Bridge in Lake Livingston. Deputy Rey Davalos was dispatched to the scene along with the Onalaska Volunteer Fire Department and local game wardens. An Onalaska Fire Department boat found the what was feared most by using a sonar for underwater searching. Shortly after 8 am the body of a man (name being withheld pending positive identification and notification of next of kin) was pulled from the water. At time of press (8:45 am), the recovery operation and investigation continues. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home was dispatched to transport the victim from the scene.
We will update this story when more information is released.
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This boat was going in circles on the north side of the Kickapoo Creek Bridge in Lake Livingston.
An Onalaska VFD boat equipped with sonar located the body shortly after 8 am.
Onalaska Mayor, Roy Newport (right) speaks with Onalaska Fire Chief Jay Stutts.
Corporal Mark Dubose and Deputy Rey Davalos with the Polk County Sheriff's Office launched a preliminary investigation.
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