Officials identify man who drowned in Eaton County Lake Monday


UPDATE: 3/1/2021, 11:00 P.M.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Department confirms the man who fell through the ice on Tamarock Lake on March 1, 2021, was identified as Jason Eugene Betts, a 41-year-old resident of South Boardman in Kalkasa County. Police stated Betts was allegedly ice-fishing and was alone at the time of the incident.

The Eaton County Sheriff’s Department attempted to rescue Betts with help from a tri-county dive-team to help recover the body. However, when the team recovered Betts’s body officials pronounced him dead.

UPDATE: 3/1/2021, 9:45 P.M.

On Monday, March 1, 2021, The Eaton County Sheriff’s Office released an official press release regarding

According to the statement, a person had fallen through the ice on Tamarock Lake. The rescue operations were obstructed by the ice on the lake.

The statement can be read in its entirety below:

“On Monday March 1st at approximately 1:30 p.m. Deputies from the Eaton County Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of St. Joe Hwy and Irish Rd. It was reported a subject had fallen through the ice on Tamarock Lake. Efforts to rescue the individual were hindered by the poor ice conditions and were unsuccessful. The Tri County Dive Team responded and recovered the deceased body of one individual. It was determined the individual was alone at the time of the incident and there were no other victims. The name is being withheld pending notification of family.” 

UPDATE: 3/1/2021, 5:17 P.M.

One person is confirmed dead after falling through the ice at Tamarock Lake in Sunfield Township, the Eaton County Sheriff’s office says.

A dive team and medical helicopters were deployed before the person was found.

Officials believe the deceased was the only person involved in the incident.

No information regarding the victim has been released.

Emergency crews at Tamarock Lake

EATON COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS)— Emergency crews are responding to an incident at Tamarock Lake in Sunfield Township near Irish Road and St. Joseph Highway.

According to the Eaton County Sheriff’s Department, a dive team is on the scene, and an aero med unit has been called.

At this time the sheriff’s department says that they don’t know how many people were involved.

Photo Credit: Jason Solgat

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