MADERA COUNTY — At approximately 11 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, the Madera County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) responded to the Eastman Lake area and recovered the body of an adult male floating in the lake.
Positive identification of the man is pending completion of fingerprint analysis, says the Sheriff’s Office. The initial investigation indicates that it is Antoine Christopher Williams, 41, who went missing early Friday morning.
There were no signs of trauma, and the exact cause of death is pending the results of an autopsy. Mr. Williams, reportedly a resident of Fort Worth, Texas, was located approximately one half mile from where deputies found his Nissan Sentra crashed into a tree.
Following the discovery of his vehicle Friday morning, an extensive search was conducted. MCSO Search and Rescue deployed foot, off-highway vehicles and K9 searchers, as Eastman Lake boat patrol rangers searched the water along the shore, and MCSO and CHP provided multiple aerial searches.
The body of Mr. Williams was ultimately located beyond the ground search area, approximately 300 feet from shore, about a 1.5 mile trek from crash to water’s edge where he was found.
It remains unknown at this time why Mr. Williams was in the Eastman Lake area.
Anyone with information relating to this case is asked to please contact the Madera County Sheriff’s Office at (559) 675-7770.
The case is under investigation.