Lubbock police identify body found in Miller Park lake - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Lubbock police identify body found in Miller Park lake

Photo of Fire Department dive team removing the body, around 8 p.m. Sunday. Photo of Fire Department dive team removing the body, around 8 p.m. Sunday.
Medical examiners arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. Sunday. Medical examiners arrived on the scene around 7 p.m. Sunday.
LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

Lubbock police have identified the body found in the playa lake in Miller Park Sunday evening.

Police identified the body as Michael Wayland, 46, of Lubbock. Police say his death appears to have been accidental.

Investigators initially got a call around seven Sunday morning from a man who saw a backpack and a bicycle near the waters edge. Chip Peterson noticed authorities searching the area, but says they found nothing.

"There was a police car close to where the body was ultimately found and there was a bike and backpack on the ground and they were looking around there but didn't see a body. I was worried about it, but I thought if there was a body, they would have seen it," Peterson said.

LPD confirmed they did send investigators to the scene Sunday morning. After searching the area, nothing was found until Stephanie Acuna spotted something that looked like a dead body floating in the lake while she was walking her dog just before 5 p.m.

"I was just walking my dog in the park, and I come here pretty frequently," Acuna said. "She was swimming in the pond and then she didn't bring her ball back, so I walked down closer to the water to pick it up".

Acuna said she didn't want to call police unless it really was a body.

"I saw what I thought was a body, and so I came over and asked this guy ... who was playing basketball if he could just take a look at it with me and he did. And he nodded. And I called 911," Acuna said.

LPD, Lubbock Fire Department's Dive Team, EMS and the Medical Examiner's Office canvassed the area until around 9 p.m. LPD is calling this an ongoing death investigation. They do not believe foul play was involved.

Miller Park is in the Melonie Park south subdivision, near 78th Street and Memphis Avenue.

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