White caps tossed on Cheney Lake Saturday evening.
A single sailboat was beached, while two boats circled around the same area near Sailboat Cove as Lindsey Bauman and I arrived on the west shore.
Despite the wind blowing the water into waves, standing near the shore in the cove there was a mild breeze and at first glance everything appeared peaceful. Quiet. Eerily quiet.
There was a campfire smoking, but no one was in sight. A couple sat staring down at the water. No one was swimming, nor riding jet skis, or racing speed boats. There were no shouts of laughter coming from children. There were no children to be seen, just quiet.
A tanned woman in a bikini came over to study the shore line. She said the currents had been horrible all day, but the lake had been busy with parasailers and sailboats on the lake.
She knew the two boats circling were looking for a body of a 19-year-old man. She said out of view were family and friends who were frantically waiting for the news that their loved one had been found. It took almost three anxious hours of waiting, before Marcus Marqaiz Hutton’s body was found.
While we waited near a Reno County Sheriff vehicle, every once in a while the silence would be broken with a crackle of radio traffic. Then the deputy told us a body had been found.
Moments later the victim’s grandparents drove up and spoke to the deputy. They appeared calm. But, the deputy said they hadn’t heard the news yet.
It wasn’t long before a call for an ambulance came over the radio. A family member was experiencing chest pains.
“It’s a shock to get that kind of news,” a park ranger said.
When the ambulance arrived, its lights were flashing, but the siren was turned off, adding to the dread of the evening.
-Kathy Hanks, Kansas Journal