Body recovered at Yellowbanks Lake near Selvin


SELVIN — Indiana Conservation Officers recovered the body of a 41-year-old man who went missing at the Yellowbanks Recreation Center’s lake near Selvin during the weekend.

Jeremy D. Bunker, 41 of Evansville, and his wife Vanessa D. Bunker, 38, were swimming after dark in Yellowbanks Lake near the beach area on Saturday, according to conservation officers.  After becoming disoriented and encountering some aquatic vegetation, the pair attempted to swim to shore.

At 10:23 p.m., according to conservation officers, bystanders saw Mrs. Bunker struggling to stay afloat while yelling for help.  They then jumped in and rescued her.  Mr. Bunker went missing and was presumed to be underwater.   

Conservation officers located Mr. Bunker’s body at 12:39 a.m. on Sunday by using an underwater ROV — Remotely Operated Vehicle — being piloted by one of their officers.

Indiana Conservation Officer divers then recovered Mr. Bunker’s body.

Alcohol is believed to be a contributing factor in the incident, according to conservation officers.

Responding agencies included the Pigeon Township Volunteer Fire Department, Boonville Volunteer Fire Department, Skelton/Owen Township Volunteer Fire Department, Warrick County Emergency Medical Services, Warrick County Sheriff’s Department and the Warrick County Coroner’s Office.

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