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Stuart Johnson, Deseret Morning News
Wasatch County workers bring in the remains of a body believed to be from a 1995 drowning at Strawberry Reservoir on Thursday.

A third body was discovered Thursday in Strawberry Reservoir, but once again it was not of the Orem couple that searchers originally set out to find last week.

While family members of Steven and Catheryn Roundy waited for word that the bodies of their loved ones have been found, four other families were also grieving as the discovery of other bodies opened old wounds.

On Nov. 10, searchers recovered the body of Drake McMillan, 46, who was last seen swimming in the cold lake in 2001 before drowning.

Wednesday, searchers recovered the body of a man off the bottom of the reservoir, nearly 90 feet deep. That body was found about 3 p.m., and authorities were able to bring it to the surface three hours later.

Like the two previous recoveries, sonar equipment led to the discovery of a third body Thursday and a boat about 30 feet away from where Wednesday's body was found, said Wasatch County Sheriff's Capt. John Rogers.

Both the bodies found Wednesday and Thursday were believed to be two of three Utah County men in their early 20s who disappeared in a boating accident in 1995 under similar circumstances as the Roundys. The body of the third man has not been found.

Austin M. Lloyd, Phillip L. Shepherd and Daniel J. Maycock were all presumed to have drowned during the 1995 accident. Now, their families are reliving the tragic incident again.

"This is as hard as the first time," Tom Lloyd, Austin's father, said Thursday from his home in Spanish Fork. "It's heartache. Pure heartache."

While Lloyd is facing his own heartache again, he said he also has a lot of sympathy for the Roundy family.

"I see those poor people out there going through it ... my heart goes out to them," he said. "I feel so damn sorry for them. I hope it don't take 11 years to find them."

The Roundys were sharing a 14-foot aluminum boat with Steven's brother, Kimball Roundy, and a friend, Mike New, last week. The two others made it to shore, straggling barefoot two miles to a highway where they alerted a trooper to the plight of the couple.

The foursome had three life jackets between them, but none of them was wearing a jacket when the boat overturned, Rogers said.

Steven Roundy and his wife were last seen drifting away together, each with an arm through a life jacket, but they would have lost their grip on the jackets because of hypothermia in the frigid water, Rogers said.

But Lloyd also added he had a lot of confidence in the searchers and believed the remaining three bodies would be recovered soon, mainly because of the advances in technology since the search for his son.

"The technology has come so far in the past 11 years. We only had dogs back then. I bought a camera (for underwater) but it was so murky you couldn't see anything," Lloyd said.

He said it's a shame, however, that it took the drownings of two more people for his son to be found.

Lloyd said his son had a "hard life," but he will remember him as a hero. There was one incident in which a motorcycle crashed into a canal, Lloyd said. Austin rescued two boys from that accident and took them to the hospital.

"He was a hero," Lloyd said.

Thursday, officials were still waiting for dental records to confirm which of the three they had recovered the day before. Lloyd said he knew which man it was but was not at liberty to release it publicly.

As for the body and boat discovered Thursday, Rogers said they were in worse condition than the body found Wednesday and would require divers to go all the way to the bottom of the reservoir to recover them.

Rather than spending a lot of time doing that, searchers decided to continue searching the rest of the lake for the Roundys. Rogers said GPS coordinates were recorded of where Thursday's body was found and authorities can go back at any time to recover it.

The main concern Thursday was to continue searching before the next round of bad weather forced authorities to stop looking.

Lloyd said he wasn't totally OK with that, "but there's not a whole lot I can do about that." He added, however, that he believed all the remaining bodies would soon be recovered and brought to the surface.

"If there's anybody that could find them, it's these people up there. They will find them," he said.

Rogers said searchers usually recover one or two bodies every year from the high-elevation reservoir, where winds can whip up waves quickly, swamping fishing boats.


Contributing: Associated Press

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