Arkansas County Judge Jeremiah T. Bueker’s body was recovered from a Jefferson County lake on Saturday.
Bueker, 48, had been out with his family at the lake, but had gone off on his own. Family contacted authorities after Bueker didn’t return.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol, along with Arkansas Game & Fish responded to the call and began searching the lake just before midnight.
After an extensive search, Bueker’s body was located by sonar just after 9:00 a.m. on Sunday.
The judge’s death is being investigated as an accidental drowning. His body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy.