FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 10, 2018

Body Recovered from Baldwin Cove Identified

A 911 call was received Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 6:54 pm. The caller stated that a man who jumped off a boat in Baldwin Cove (Pace Bend Park area) failed to resurface. First responders were on scene within minutes but search efforts were not successful. The incident went from rescue to recovery at 7:30 pm.

The TCSO Dive Team assembled Sunday morning at 7:00 am despite heavy rain. By 10:30 am, divers were in the water searching the area where the missing man was last seen. At 11:50 am, the body was located and recovered from the water.

The decedent is identified as


An investigation into the cause of Donaldson’s death is ongoing. Evidence to this point indicates he likely died of accidental drowning. The Travis County Medical Examiner’s Office conducted an autopsy on Monday, September 10, 2018. The final results are still pending toxicology.

Manuel Salas, 53 of Elgin was reported missing on May 5, 2018 in an area of Lake Travis near Mansfield Dam Park.

Rachel Kathleen Scott, 25 of Round Rock was reported missing between Starnes Island and Volente Beach on May 19, 2018.

Both are still missing.

Diego Humberto Cerda-Acosta, 30 of Austin was reported missing in the water near Bob Wentz Park on May 27, 2018. His body was recovered the morning of May 28, 2018.

Ricardo Sierra Martinez, 27 of Mexico was reported missing in the water near Bob Wentz Park on June 10, 2018. His body was recovered the morning of June 12, 2018.

Luke Fashaw, 36 of San Antonio was reported missing in the water in the Devil’s Hollow area on July 28, 2018. His body was recovered the same day.

Juan Maldonado, 46 of Cedar Park was pulled from Lake Travis by friends after becoming distressed in the water on August 18, 2018. CPR efforts were unsuccessful and he was pronounced deceased the same day.


Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sr. Public Information Officer (512) 854-4986

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