Autopsy performed on soldier recovered from Kentucky Lake


LYON COUNTY, KY — The body of 20-year-old Pfc. JuWan Richardson was recovered from Kentucky Lake around 8 a.m. Monday.

Richardson disappeared on Friday, May 11, while he was tubing behind a pontoon boat. Witnesses told investigators a gust of wind caused the tube to capsize, and Richardson never came back up. They also told investigators the three other soldiers on board attempted to rescue Richardson, but they could not find him.

Search and rescue efforts continued over the course of the weekend, until the Fort Campbell soldier’s body was recovered and turned over to the Lyon County coroner for examination.

Richardson was an Alabama native based at Fort Campbell, where he trained and was preparing for deployment in the fall. He was also engaged to be married.

The autopsy was performed Monday afternoon. The full report has not yet been released.

His family is currently at Fort Campbell, and they had planed to visit him there. Instead, they spent most of their weekend searching for him. Richardson’s mother and sister say his family is extremely upset and trying to process everything right now.

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