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30-year-old Bryan woman drowns near Birch Creek State Park

Posted at 3:03 PM, Jul 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-19 16:13:46-04

A Bryan woman is dead after a drowning in Lake Somerville on Saturday.

The victim has been identified as Olivia Paige Sweeney, 30, of Bryan.

On Saturday, July 18, 2020 at approximately 7:00PM the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing person who was last seen in the water near Birch Creek State Park.

According to witnesses, a group of individuals were on a boat several hundred yards from the shoreline.

One of the individuals was swimming near the boat and was seen going underwater but she did not resurface.

Emergency personnel were called to the scene and began searching for the missing swimmer.

That search was suspended at 4:00AM and was resumed this morning at daybreak.

At 12:15 PM the body of the missing swimmer was recovered in close-proximity were she was last seen, deputies said.

Her body has been transported to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin where an autopsy will be performed.

The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Texas Parks and Wildlife, Texas Department of Public Safety, Somerville Fire Department, Birch Creek Fire Department, St. Joseph’s EMS, PHI Air Med 7, Washington County’s Air Unit and the Army Corps of Engineers.