Desoto County News

Body found in Lake Cormorant lake

Photo: DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department vehicles and four-wheelers ready to search for Joseph Powers in Lake Cormorant on Thursday, July 1. (Bob Bakken/DeSoto County News)

A man reported missing in the Lake Cormorant area has been found dead in a nearby lake. 

Family members Thursday night, July 1, confirmed the victim as Joseph Powers, age 39, saying he was last seen Tuesday walking away on foot and without his mobile phone. 

When he didn’t return, the family contacted the Sheriff’s Department, which began a search that included the nearby woods and an air search with a helicopter. 

An item with Powers’ picture and details was distributed by the Sheriff’s Department. 

Powers’ sister Jenny Powers also made a plea for help in a Facebook post

The DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department Search and Rescue team and County Emergency Services were called in.  

Searchers found the body in a lake near state Highway 301 and Wilson Mill Road about 4 p.m. Thursday.  

The cause and circumstances around his death remain under investigation.  

Bob Bakken

Bob Bakken is the most recognized and most trusted name in DeSoto County news and sports reporting, as readers continue to express their appreciation for his accuracy and fairness in the stories he writes. Bob is also heard on 95.3 The Rebel twice a week with sports updates and high school football play-by-play broadcasts in the fall. A former newspaper editor and writer, his award-winning background also includes television news producing, sports media relations, and radio broadcasting.

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