May 5, 2010
LIMA — The body of a man who walked into Lost Creek Reservoir last week surfaced Tuesday morning. The man’s mother, relatives and friends watched from nearby.
Police confirmed the body recovered was that of David McCormick, 33, of Lima, who was officially reported missing to Lima Police on Monday. McCormick’s body surfaced and was pulled from the water shortly before 8:30 a.m., Lima Police Det. Kent Miller said.
McCormick’s mother, Karen Taylor, of Wapakoneta, made the identification from photos shown to her at the scene.
“It’s very much a relief knowing they brought him up. Now I can bury him like he should be instead of being under water,” said Taylor, her voice cracking with emotion. “They had pictures of David. You can recognize him. He looks good. It’s him.”
Taylor said it was not uncommon for her son, who suffered from schizophrenia, to disappear for a few days. He always came back until last Wednesday, she said. The last person to see him, before onlookers watched him walk into the reservoir, was his grandmother, who saw him earlier that day.
“He hadn’t been taking his medicine. He would get in moods,” Taylor said. “We don’t know why he did this. He wasn’t upset when he left her house that day. We don’t know.”
Taylor said she and other family members and friends have been at the reservoir daily since Saturday. It wasn’t until police said they had found his brand of cigarettes and discarded butts strewn about the bank that family members connected McCormick’s disappearance with the report of a missing man who walked into the reservoir last week, she said.
“The Lima Police and Det. [Kent] Miller have been really good to us. If it wasn’t for them, we’d never have found him,” Taylor said. “You could feel they really cared. That helped.”
Miller said he sympathizes with any family facing tragic circumstances.
“You just try to put yourself in their situation,” Miller said. “You do what you would want done if it was your child out there.”
Allen County Coroner Gary Beasley said McCormick’s body was taken to Lucas County for an autopsy.