Crews recover body of missing dad from Canyon Lake

(Photos courtesy of the Talley family)

UPDATE: The body of Michael Talley was recovered on Tuesday, August 8 at about 8 a.m., according to the Comal County Sheriff's Office Facebook page. Deputies said he was recovered in the same area where he disappeared. See previous story below...


Rescue crews are continuing to search for a Houston man they say went missing at following a jet ski accident at Canyon Lake on Sunday.

At about 1:45 p.m. on Sunday, deputies responded to Canyon Lake near Potters Creek Road for reports of a missing man. Witnesses told deputies that Michael Talley, 45, of Houston was on a jet ski with his daughter when he made a sharp turn and they fell off. Both were wearing life jackets at the time, but Talley threw his life jacket to his daughter so she could make it ashore. He then suddenly went underwater and has been missing since.

Talley, a single father, was in town celebrating the 12th birthday of his twin daughters.

"As you can imagine, his passing comes as a complete shock to our entire family," Talley's sister Kissy told SBG San Antonio.

Kissy believes her brother took his jacket off to be able to swim to his daughter faster. She said she believes that when he realized he wouldn't be able to reach her, he threw her his life jacket.

"His passing demonstrates the kind of man that he was, which was illustrated in this selfless act that he did on that day for his daughter," she said.

Rescue crews have been searching for him nearly non-stop, utilizing various kinds of sonar and x-ray equipment. However, the search is becoming difficult as the lake is very large and the water clarity is poor. Tomorrow, a specialized team of Texas Game Wardens will arrive with advanced sonar equipment. A camera will be able to reach closer to the bottom of the lake and offer a little more clarity. Hopefully the specialized equipment will bring the Talley family closure.

"He was the glue and the rock of our family," Kissy said. "He held it all together for us all."

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