Body found in Lake Isabella


Sgt. Zack Bittle with Kern County Search and Rescue told 17 News the body located Tuesday morning matches the identity of missing Los Angeles man Nicholas Smith, 25.

Search and rescue teams responded to Lake Isabella for reports of a body found Tuesday morning, according to Sgt. Stephen Wells with Kern County Sheriff’s Office. The body was located in the French Gulch area of Lake Isabella.

Smith was swimming with family and friends in Lake Isabella Saturday afternoon when his boat began drifting away. Smith was unable to swim back to the boat and was last seen going under.

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