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2:54 p.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 27: A man found dead in the San Marcos River this morning has been identified as David Curtis McKnight, 29, of Austin.


11:05 a.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 27: Texas State University police are investigating after the body of a 29-year-old man was found about 8 a.m. today in the San Marcos River.

The man’s friends reported him missing around midnight after a night of swimming in the river. Dive teams searched for him overnight but were unable to locate him. 

A swimmer discovered a man’s body tangled in Texas wild rice this morning and alerted police. San Marcos Fire Department and San Marcos Park Rangers assisted. An autopsy is pending.

The victim’s name is being withheld until next of kin has been notified. Texas State Police Department is the lead agency in the investigation.

Access to the river in Sewell Park from Aquarena Springs Drive to the pedestrian bridge was closed to the public until 11 a.m.

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2 thoughts on “Body discovered in the San Marcos River

  1. I know the answer is no because of the tree huggers, but shouldn’t this be a call to get back to the days when they used to clean that junk out of the river on a regular basis? Sewell Park used to be a great place to go and play in the river back in the 90s….now, not so much thanks to that filthy, smelly, nasty weed that has almost completely clogged the river in spots there. And now someone has died in it.

  2. Unless you’ve heard differently, there hasn’t been any definitive public report on the cause of the drowning. Yes, the victim’s body was retrieved in the vegetation, but (If reports are accurate) he was last seen swimming near the Steakhouse at the headwaters. Was he pulled into the hydraulic and drowned? Did he hit his head with an ill advised dive? Was alcohol a factor? Or did he get tangled? Hopefully if a cause is discovered it will be shared, for lessons learned….

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