Official identifies female victim reported missing on Lake Barkley Tuesday


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UPDATE (11:05 p.m.) - Lyon County's coroner has released the name of the victim.  Coroner Ronnie Patton identified the woman as Tonya Sheffer of McLean County, Kentucky.

LYON COUNTY, Ky. - A tragic ending to a five hour search for a missing woman on Lake Barkley.

Search and rescue crews were called out around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon and recovered her body after 8 p.m.

Not much is known about the woman.  The Lyon County coroner is handling the case and hasn't been available to comment.

Lyon County Search and Rescue headed up the recovery.

Crews from Lyon, Livingston, and Marshall Counties were all in the water and stationed at two areas: Boyd's Landing and Demumbers Bay.

According to officials, the woman and her husband were actually in the Carmack Bay area of the lake. He was fishing and she was reportedly floating in the water on a raft.

Rescuers say the husband looked up and only saw the float.  When he couldn't find his wife, he called for help.

Five boats hit the water searching the lake and the shores nearby.  Unfortunately, it wasn't until hours later that her body was found.

The coroner will take over the investigation now and will release her identity when family has been notified.