TEHAMA COUNTY, Calif. - Tehama County Authorities are investigating what's believed to be an accidental drowning at Black Butte Lake.
Authorities were called to Angler's Cove on Saturday, Sept. 21, because of a white Ford Expedition with its doors open, the engine running, an empty boat trailer and the driver did not appear to be with the car.
Deputies were able to identify the owner of the vehicle as 57-year-old Jose Rodriguez of Corning. They determined Rodriguez was fishing alone at Black Butte Lake. His family members showed up in the area when he didn't return from fishing.
His boat was found unoccupied on the shore across the lake from where the Ford Expedition was located. On the morning of Sunday, Sept. 22, Search and Rescue crews located his body and was recovered from the water.
Investigators believe his boat started to drift away when he was launching it, and that he entered the water in an attempt to recover it.
This incident is being investigated as accidental drowning and neither alcohol nor drugs appear to be a factor.