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September 8, 1999

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The search for a 34-year-old Kansas City, Kan., man who drowned on Labor Day in Perry Lake ended Tuesday morning when his body was recovered.

Ramon Gallegos drowned Monday while boating with four other people, but darkness forced Jefferson County Sheriff's Department officials to discontinue their search for him until 8 a.m. Tuesday.

Search crews found the body about 9:45 a.m. in 7 to 10 feet of water near Ozawkie on the west edge of the lake, sheriff's spokesmen said.

Judy Schneider, of the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department, said there will be an autopsy. But she wasn't sure where or when it would be conducted. The case is still being investigated.

Gallegos and his friends were boating near the Ozawkie bridge on Kansas Highway 92 when he jumped in the lake to swim, witnesses said.

Jefferson County Sheriff Roy Dunnaway said witnesses reported Gallegos had trouble and went under. Another boater in the area jumped in to help, but was unable to rescue him.

Gallegos jumped into the water about 3 p.m., but the sheriff's department wasn't called until an hour later, when the others in the boat arrived at the Perry Lake campground where Gallegos' wife was staying.

The Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Ozawkie Fire Department, Jefferson County EMS, Jefferson County Emergency Management, District 11 EMS and Fire and Lifestar helped in the search.

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