The body of a missing 68-year-old man with on-set dementia was pulled out of Silver Lakes on New Year’s Eve, according to authorities.
At 9:47 p.m. on Friday, deputies responded to the report of a missing person in the 14500 block of Schooner Drive in Silver Lakes just north of Victorville.
According to his family, David Kendall left his home around 4:30 p.m., and no one had seen or heard from him since.
The San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Aviation Division, deputies and police dog Nyx searched the community of Silver Lakes.
At that time, Kendall was not found and was entered into the missing person’s system, police said.
On Saturday, a Silver Lake resident believed they spotted Kendall on their surveillance cameras near the lake, sheriff’s officials reported.
Deputies reviewed the footage and notified the sheriff’s department’s dive team about the possibility that Kendall may have gone into the water. Due to the late hour and no visibility, the dive team responded at about 5:30 a.m. on Sunday. At around 9:03 a.m., the body of Kendall was located and pulled from the lake, sheriff’s officials said.
In a GoFundMe account “Burial For David Kendall Sr.,” Mary Kendall shared about her late-father-in-law, saying that family is unsure “why or how he ended up in lake.”
“This was very, very sudden, very traumatic and unexpected,” Mary Kendall stated. “If anyone can find it in their hearts to help we would truly be grateful. Thank you for any and all donations even a share!”
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy C. Alfred at the Victor Valley sheriff’s station at 760-552-6800. Callers can remain anonymous and contact We-Tip at 800-78CRIME or wetip.com.