Body recovered at Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area

By BILL POWELL
Herald Staff Writer

The body of Jacob L. Duncan, 25, from Louisville was recovered this morning by emergency personnel shortly before 9 a.m. from Dogwood Lake on the Glendale Fish and Wildlife Area in Daviess County.

According to investigators, Frank N. Refalo, 51, from Mt. Washington, Ky., and Duncan were camping on Glendale’s campground area. The men were co-workers, and, along with other friends, were planning on spending the week there.

Early last night, after sunset, Refalo and Duncan decided to take a boat ride in a bay that runs adjacent to the campground, according to Indiana conservation officers. A short time later, the 14-foot aluminum, V-hull motorboat began taking on water and sank, putting both occupants into 10 feet of water.

Refalo, who was operating the boat, held on to a cooler to stay afloat, according to authorities. Refalo and Duncan stayed in communication but soon lost contact with each other.

A nearby camper heard their calls and launched his boat to assist, conservation officers said. Refalo was rescued, but Duncan, who could not swim well, could not be found.

A Daviess County Sheriff’s Department dispatcher received a 911 call about the incident at 9:35 p.m.. Davies County deputies, Indiana State Police, the Harrison Township Volunteer Fire Department, South West Medical Emergency Medical Services, the Daviess County Coroner and conservation officers responded to the scene.

Sheriff’s department divers were able to find the boat and mark the location later that night. Refalo was transported to Daviess County Community Hospital where he was treated for hypothermia and released.

Search operations resumed today and, shortly before 9 a.m., conservation officer divers found Duncan’s body in 10 feet of water  approximately 30 feet from where the boat had been discovered.

An autopsy was scheduled, according to authorities.

Conservation officers said the incident is still under investigation. Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor and the boat has been secured for inspection and function testing. Upon completion of the investigation, conservation officers said, the case will be turned over to the Daviess County Prosecutor’s Office for review.

Contact Bill Powell at bpowell@dcherald.com.