Florida Fisherman Dies in Bizzare Electrocution

PHOTO: Jason L. Reeves, who has died while fishing, is seen in this mugshot dated Aug. 25, 2010.

A Brooksville, Fla., fisherman died in a bizarre electrocution accident on the banks of a lake near his home.

Jason L. Reeves, 32, was on a routine fishing trip at a lake in Clover Leaf Farms, near his residence Thursday but didn't return, police said.

His fiancée, Dawn Miele, 53, went to the lake to look for him that day but found no trace of him. She went back the following day.

Joe Dahm, who was sitting with his family in a home near the scene, said Miele came back from the lake frantic, pounding her fists on the grass. "My husband is dead, he's drowned, he's dead," Dahm recalled the woman as saying.

Dahm said he ran to the hysterical woman to see what was going on. She kept pointing to the lake, where Reeves' body had been floating.

Dahm said they had seen Reeves at the lake the previous day. When he and his wife returned that afternoon, Reeves was gone but his fishing lure was tangled on a 12–15 foot high power line.

Chief George Turner of the Brooksville Police says their investigation revealed Reeves had been fishing on the bank while it was raining. It appeared he was casting a metal fishing lure and was using a braided fishing line. When Reeves cast his lure, it got caught on a 7,200-volt overhead power line that hangs a few feet from the bank. The victim was electrocuted, falling down the bank and into the lake.

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