Texas Tech Graduate's Body Discovered After Boating Accident - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/8/03

Texas Tech Graduate's Body Discovered After Boating Accident

The body of Texas Tech Graduate Laura Putnam was discovered by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department in Horseshoe Bay Sunday evening. The 23 year-old was presumed dead following a boating accident at a central Texas lake on Monday, May 26th.

It was a hit-and-run collision that happened around 2:30 a.m. at Lake LBJ near Horseshoe Bay. Putnam, her fiance Justin Moore, and his cousin Jerry Cypert were sitting in a boat just offshore when they were broadsided by another boat. That boat knocked Putnam into the water. She was not wearing a life vest.

Eyewitnesses say that the other boat pulled back around, shut off its engine for a few minutes, then took off. The body was recovered almost a mile west of the accident scene in a shallow area of Lake LBJ.

Authorities in the Horseshoe Bay area are continuing their search for the white speed boat with a red or dark stripe. They also suspect that boat sustained front end damage in the collision. Both Moore and Cypert suffered minor injuries.

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