The body of a Malakoff man was discovered in Cedar Creek Lake Thursday morning. Officials at the Henderson County Sheriff’s Department said alcohol and not wearing a personal flotation device were “contributing factors” in the accident.

Matthew L. Pond, 43, was reported floating near a boat dock shortly after 7 a.m. Thursday morning. State Game Wardens Tony Norton and Audie Hamm recovered his body. Pct. 6 Justice of the Peace Milton K. Adams performed the inquest, and Pond’s body was transported to the Southwest Forensic Laboratory in Dallas for autopsy.

According to the report from the Sheriff’s Department, Pond and Juan Rojas, 32, both employees of the McNarosa Ranch north of Malakoff, departed the ranch boathouse Sunday afternoon to go boating on Cedar Creek Lake. Around 7:30 p.m., the boat was observed stuck on a sand bar located across the lake near the Ruth Springs subdivision. Rojas was found in the boat inebriated and asleep, and he was unable to tell rescuers where, when or why Pond departed the boat.

Sheriff’s Deputy Kevin Hanes is leading the ongoing investigation.

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