Body of missing boater recovered at Marion Reservoir

Nearly nine days after a catamaran capsized at Marion Reservoir, the body of missing boater Timothy Kliewer, 71, was recovered Saturday afternoon, according to the Marion County Sheriff?s office.

Positive identification of the body was to be confirmed by an autopsy, but a close friend of the family confirmed early Saturday evening that the body was Kliewer?s.

At 12:39 p.m., Marion County Dispatch received a report of a body in Marion Reservoir. The body was located about one-half mile south of French Creek Cove along the west side of the reservoir. The body was recovered by the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, U.S. Corps of Engineers and the Marion County Sheriff?s office.

Authorities started looking for Kliewer late afternoon May 12 after the sheriff?s office received a call from someone at the reservoir who witnessed a capsized boat about one-half mile from the lookout point, according to Marion County Deputy Jim Philpott.

Kliewer?s other boat was sighted further up the shoreline later that day, he said.

Undersheriff David Huntley said the search was hampered until Monday because of the strong, gusting winds that made it unsafe to launch recovery boats. Winds calmed Monday, and four boats were dispatched — including at least two equipped with sonar — but to no avail.

In addition to the boats, law enforcement officials also had support from the air and ground.

According to the family friend, a funeral service is being planned for Kliewer at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 29, at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church. Details will be forthcoming.