Victim identified in Moss Lake drowning

Special to the Herald
Staff Writer

Authorities in Big Spring recovered the body of a man who went missing in Moss Lake on Sunday. 20 year old, John Paul Rodriguez, was said to have been on the lake with two other people, on an air mattress being used as a raft.
According to Big Spring Police Department, the mattress was pushed away from shore by the wind and then began to deflate. Two people on board were able to swim to shore safely but Rodriguez went underwater and didn't resurface.
Authorities were called at 4:36 p.m. Sunday afternoon after the man was not found.
According to Lieutenant Brian Gordon with the Big Spring Police Department, there was a report that adults were swimming on a raft when the raft deflated and one man was said to be struggling in the water soon after.
The investigation was treated as a crime scene until they were able to locate Rodriguez. Members of Big Spring Fire/EMS, the Howard County Fire Department, and Texas Parks and Wildlife responded to the scene to help find Rodriguez, but were unable to find him before nighttime on Sunday.
Search and rescue efforts were underway until Rodriguez's body was discovered, when the search began again on Monday morning. Detectives investigating the case do not believe foul play or alcohol was a factor in his drowning.