Swimmer who died at the Sparks Marina identified

Published: Jul. 4, 2020 at 2:41 PM PDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2020 at 10:41 AM PDT
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SPARKS, Nev. (KOLO) - The Washoe County Regional Medical Examiner’s Office has identified the man whose body was recovered from the Sparks Marina as Eric Johnson, 56, of Reno.

Johnson was declared dead at the scene when his body was found, Sunday, July 5, 2020. The cause and manner of death are still under investigation.

Johnson was reported missing Saturday, July 4, after he was seen struggling in the water just a short distance from shore.

A park ranger told KOLO 8 News Now at the time, that a woman saw her friend go under and never surface again.

A witness also said she saw a man start swimming into the Sparks Marina and then at one point, he started swimming with one arm.

He turned around and started coming back and yelled again. Then he went under.

Joining the Sparks Fire Department in the search are the Sparks Police Department, REMSA, Washoe County Search and Rescue, the Washoe County HASTY Team, and RAVEN.

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