Clear Lake recovery scene

Clear Lake Town Marshal Chris Emerick prepares to launch his boat to resume the search for John I. Adams, who drowned following a surfing incident. With Emerick is Jenne Short of the DeKalb County Coroner’s Office. Short was with Emerick to get training in a drowning recovery operation.

CLEAR LAKE — The death of a Lake Forest, Illinois, man who went missing for two days at Clear Lake has been ruled accidental.

The Steuben County Coroner’s Office ruled the cause of death of John I. Adams as asphyxia due to drowning.

Adams went missing in Clear Lake on Thursday at about 6:40 p.m. and his recovery was made at about 6:25 p.m. Saturday after Indiana Department of Natural Resources led a recovery effort that involved multiple agencies.

An autopsy of Adams was performed in Fort Wayne by Dr. Scott Wagner of the Northeast Indiana Forensic Center.

Clear Lake was stilled by the event over a pre-holiday weekend that typically sees much activity. Town officials urged people to avoid using the east side of the lake where the recovery was underway. Even the weekly sailboating races conducted by the Clear Lake Yacht Club were canceled.

Once Adams was recovered, a vigil was held Sunday at the Yacht Club and more than 100 people attended.

Multiple agencies assisted in the operation to locate Adams, led by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. The agencies included: Clear Lake Town Marshal’s office, Angola Fire Department, Fremont Fire Department, Steuben County Sheriff’s Department, Fremont Police Department, Steuben County Underwater Rescue and Recovery Team, Steuben County Coroner’s Office and Steuben County Emergency Medical Service.

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