Weatherford Democrat

Local News

July 7, 2013

Two tragedies overshadow Independence Day celebration at PK Lake

Three-year-old boy second potential drowning victim of weekend

By LIBBY CLUETT

POSSUM KINGDOM LAKE – Independence Day festivities at Possum Kingdom Lake this weekend were marred with tragedy, not once, but twice.

Three-year-old Wyatt Terasas was pronounced dead at Palo Pinto General Hospital Sunday evening, according to Palo Pinto County Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Charlie “Coppy” Hodgkins Jr.

The boy, who lived in Vernon, Texas, with his mother, was with his father (from Loving, Texas), swimming at Sandy Beach Hodgkins said. When he was reported missing to the BRA, divers were dispatched to search for Terasas and, upon finding him, sent the child to PPGH via ambulance, where he was declared dead.

Hodgkins said he sent the child’s body to Southwest Medical Examiners, in Dallas, for an autopsy.

Before responding to the call regarding Terasas’ disappearance at Sandy Beach Sunday afternoon, BRA Rangers and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Wardens recovered the body of Lubbock resident Lindsey Culver, 27, at Hells Gate Cove, according to BRA Public Information Officer Judi Pierce.

Culver had reportedly been swimming from a boat in the cove during the day, Saturday. The BRA received a call that she was missing at 9:30 p.m., just minutes before the Hells Gate fireworks show was set to begin, Pierce said. The show was cancelled to allow the BRA to search for the woman in the area.

Crews searched until 2 a.m. Sunday and resumed searching around 8 a.m., Pierce said. At 2:24 p.m. they found Culver’s body in 25-to-35-feet of water, using side-scan sonar. Palo Pinto County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Shawn Humphries made a positive identification and sent her body for an autopsy, according to Pierce.

Immediately following the recovery of Culver's body, the BRA and TPWD divers and support crews, including a family grief counselor, were dispatched from Hells Gate to Sandy Beach, around 4 p.m. Sunday, to find 3-year-old Terasas and comfort his father.

In both cases, drowning was tentatively listed as the cause of death.

Sunday's deaths mark 2013's second and third potential drowning deaths in PK Lake.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Painting with a Twist/Painting with a Purpose

    Looking for a fun night out? Join us for the Parker Paws Painting with a Purpose fundraiser from 7-9 p.m. 

    July 20, 2014

  • DAILY RECORD: Marriages and deaths

    Marriages and deaths recorded from July 9, 2014, to July 15, 2014. This information is being provided as a courtesy by the Parker County Clerk. Every effort is made to see that the information is correct and complete. The Parker County Clerk is not responsible should there be an error within the information provided.

    July 19, 2014

  • Master Gardener training orientation dates set

    The Parker County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be offering a Master Gardener Intern Training Course this fall. 

    July 19, 2014

  • Soulis named to Dean’s List at Washington University

    ST. LOUIS — Johnathon Taylor Soulis, of Weatherford, was named to the Dean’s List for the spring 2014 semester at Washington University in St. Louis. Soulis is enrolled in the university’s School of Engineering and Applied Science.

    July 19, 2014

  • CASA - Hope for Children unveils new website, videos

    CASA-Hope for Children has always been able to help 100% of the neglected and abused children taken into the foster care system, but because of the overwhelming number of children that have been taken into the system that may not be the reality much longer. 

    July 18, 2014

  • Driver speed, seatbelt compliance surveys show improvements

    The Weatherford Police Department utilized grant funding from the Texas Department of Transportation to fund overtime salaries for extra enforcement during the week of the Fourth of July. The extra patrols worked to ensure drivers were complying with posted speed limits, wearing seatbelts and were not driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol in an effort to keep our local roadways safe.

    July 18, 2014

  • Sheila Gerrald CASA announces Advocate of the Quarter

    CASA Hope for Children volunteer Sheila Gerrald has been chosen as Advocate of the Quarter for the Second Quarter of 2014. 

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Phone scam targeting WC students

    Weatherford College students are being warned of a potential scam targeting their financial information.

    July 17, 2014

  • WAA monthly meeting July 28

    The Weatherford Art Association’s July meeting will feature Soon Warren as the guest artist demonstrator. The meeting will be on Monday, July 28, at 7 p.m. at 119 Palo Pinto in the Firehouse Art Gallery studio. 

    July 17, 2014

  • 100_0595.jpeg WAA winners of Peach Festival Art Show

    The Weatherford Art Association announced the winners of the annual Peach Festival Art Show last week at the Firehouse Art Gallery. Local and out of town artists entered over 150 entries for this year’s prizes.

    July 16, 2014 2 Photos

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Michigan Plant's Goal: Flower and Die Raw: MH17 Passenger Remains in Kharkiv, Ukraine Raw: Israel Hits Gaza Targets, Destroys Mosques ShowBiz Minute: Hoffman, Oberst, Box Office WWII Vet Gets Medals, 70 Years Late Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong