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Search continues for soldier

By The Mercury

The body of a Fort Riley soldier who drowned at Milford Lake has yet to be recovered a week after his death.

Area authorities have been searching throughout the week for Thomas Hedrick, 31, since Tuesday morning when he drowned near Charley’s Point in the southwest portion of the lake while duck hunting.

Attempts to recover Hedrick’s body were hindered by freezing weather conditions and iced boat ramps. Crews from the Geary County Sheriff’s Department, the Geary County Emergency Management, the Kansas Department of Emergency Management, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the Kansas State Park’s Department, the Kansas State Wildlife and Parks, the Ft. Riley Directorate of Emergency Services, the Ft. Riley Police Department and the Ft. Riley 1st Infantry Division are helping with the search.

The searchers have been using cold-water divers and boats equipped with side-scan sonar to detect masses in the lake.

Hedrick was a U.S. Army specialist from Thebes, Ill., stationed at Fort Riley. He was a construction maintenance repairer with the 1st Combat Aviation Brigade.

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