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Body recovered after 27-year-old man drowns in Lake Somerville near Welch Park

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Posted at 1:07 PM, Aug 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-17 14:07:19-04

SOMERVILLE, TX — On Sunday, August 16, 2020, at approximately 8:50 P.M. the Burleson County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a missing swimmer in the water near Welch Park.

The Burleson County Sheriff’s Office, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Park Rangers and the Somerville Volunteer Fire Department responded to assist in locating the swimmer.

Witnesses advised a male, 27 years of age, was swimming in Welch Park with family when he was seen going under and did not resurface.

A Texas Parks and Wildlife boat was used to attempt to locate the missing swimmer but the search was suspended at midnight due to approaching storms.

The search was resumed at 8:30 A.M and lasted until 10:35 A.M. when Game Wardens recovered the body of Douglas Portillo-Funes.

The body will be sent to the Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy to determine the exact cause of death.