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Pregnant woman whom local man drowned trying to reach helps searchers find body

Published: Jul. 29, 2020 at 6:28 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 31, 2020 at 6:09 PM CDT
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TEMPLE, Texas (KWTX) - A pregnant woman helped searchers find the body of Theodore Key, 21, the father of her unborn child, who drowned Wednesday in Lake Belton as he tried to reach her when the wind blew her away from shore on a flotation device at Temple Lake Park.

The woman boarded a game warden’s boat Thursday night and with her assistance searchers located Key’s body in minutes, officials said Friday.

“We couldn’t have done it without her. In fact when that witness came out to our vessel it was a matter of minutes when we were successful in locating and recovering,” Bell County Game Warden Chris Sanchez said Friday. 

Crews recovered Key’s body from Lake Belton just after 8 p.m. Thursday.

Justice of the Peace Cliff Coleman ordered an autopsy.

Key drowned Wednesday while trying to assist the woman.

“Theo is an athlete we call him a freak of nature this guy is a football star wresting star, we’ve been to the lake multiple times and we’ve never seen anything like this happen” friend and co-worker Jordan Anderson said Friday.

Anderson, Key and others were at the park celebrating the birthday of a co-worker at Texas Roadhouse.

“We called 911 immediately after Theo went under the water and we didn’t see him anymore.” -Anderson 

“Theo is one of the kindest sweetest people I know. He’d give you the shirt off his back,” Anderson

As of Friday afternoon, more than $16,000 had been raised on a GoFundMe page created earlier that day with a goal of $5,000. 

“Theo Key died a hero trying to save the life of another. He was a son, a brother, and a future father of a baby boy. These funds will go directly to the family to help with expenses” the fundraiser says. 

Crews responded at around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a report that the man went under about 100 yards out from Temple Lake Park, searched into the night and returned to the park Thursday morning.

Firefighters from Temple and Morgan’s Point Resort and Temple police officers were involved in the search.

Temple Lake Park was closed because of the search.

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