Body of Missing Midland Man Found at Lake O.H. Ivie

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

LAKE O.H. IVIE - The search for a missing diver at Lake O.H. Ivie has ended in tragedy.

The body of 77-year-old Richard Stovall was found just before 11 a.m. Friday morning from Lake O.H. Ivie.

Divers entered the water around 10:30 a.m. Friday morning and they found Stovall's body in the 3rd chamber of the pump station around 11 a.m. Just after 1 p.m., officials recovered the body.

Back on Wednesday afternoon, Stovall was working on getting soil samples around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

After an hour, workers that were with the man called 911 when Stovall didn't resurface.

Deputies, EMS, a dive team comprised of San Angelo PD and Coke County Deputies as well as Texas Parks and Wildlife all responded. A special dive team from Houston was also called in to help with the search.

There have been some questions regarding the pumps at Lake O.H. Ivie. According to officials, the pumps that Stovall was working to get soil samples from were turned off before Stovall entered the water.

Stovall's body has been sent to Lubbock for an autopsy.