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Police identify Hurricane man found dead in Newcastle Reservoir

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Newcastle Reservoir

Marc Weaver, Deseret News

CEDAR CITY — Police on Monday released the name of of a Hurricane man who was found dead in Newcastle Reservoir Saturday.

Andrew Michael Rowe, 53, was pulled from the water around 8:45 a.m. by several people who were doing recreational activities at Newcastle Reservoir, according to the Iron County Sheriff’s Office.

Bill Bowden, 63, told investigators he and Rowe were camping the previous night to go fishing, when they started drinking and became “very intoxicated,” according to the sheriff’s office.

He said the only thing he remembered in the morning was waking up in the water and crawling back to shore. Bowden also filed a stolen vehicle report with deputies, believing Rowe stole his vehicle because it was no longer parked at the campsite, the sheriff’s office reported.

Dive team members located the vehicle about 200 feet from shore. Responders took Bowden to Cedar City Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

Detectives are conducting an investigation to determine how the vehicle ended up in the water. Police said alcohol is believed to be a factor in the incident, however the cause and manner of Rowe’s death is pending.