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TCSO: Body recovered from Lake Travis is missing Round Rock woman

October 10, 2018 - 2:49 pm

AUSTIN (KJCE) -- Officials say the body of a woman recovered from a deep section of Lake Travis last week has been identified as Round Rock woman who disappeared in the lake in May.

25-year old Rachel Scott disappeared on May 19 while on a party barge on the lake. Friends and other witnesses say that Scott fell from the top tier of the barge and struck her head on the lower tier, before falling into the water. Several passengers dove in afterwards to try and rescue her, but were unsuccessful.

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Crews from the Travis County Sheriff's Office, the Austin Police Department, and the Houston Police Department all searched for Scott in the days following the incident and in additional missions throughout the summer.

Last week, on October 4, members of APD's EOD Dive Team located the body of a female at a depth of 117 feet, in the vicinity of where Scott was reported as having gone into the water. The Travis County Medical Examiner was able to positively identify the body as Scott.

Scott's family issued a statement Wednesday:

Our family will be eternally grateful to the dive teams of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin Police Department, along with other supporting agencies, for their unwavering commitment to completing the nearly impossible task of recovering our daughter Rachel Scott. We are so appreciative of their determination and persistence, and we want to thank each and every one of the many dedicated law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to find Rachel and bring her home. The incredible outpouring of support and prayers from friends and complete strangers in this community has meant so much and continues to help us as we navigate our way through this very sad time. Rachel was our beautiful and loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. We ask that you honor Rachel’s memory by continuing her legacy of bringing joy and kindness into the world.

The Scotts

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