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Body found in Lake Travis identified as woman who went missing off party barge in May

The Travis County Sheriff's Office has confirmed a body found in Lake Travis last week is that of Rachel Scott, who went missing in the lake in May. (File photo: CBS Austin)

The Travis County Sheriff's Office says a body found by divers last week belongs to 25-year-old Rachel Scott of Round Rock.

Her body was found last Thursday at a depth of 117 feet. It was recovered on Friday.

Scott went missing on May 19 after she reportedly fell from the top level of a party barge and struck her head on the lower level before sliding into the water.

TCSO says several passengers dove into the water in an attempt to save her, but were unsuccessful.

Dive teams from TCSO, the Austin Police Department and the Houston Police Department searched for Scott in the days that followed the incident. Throughout the summer, both TCSO and APD conducted additional search missions.

Her family released the following statement:

Our family will be eternally grateful to the dive teams of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin Police Department, along with other supporting agencies, for their unwavering commitment to completing the nearly impossible task of recovering our daughter Rachel Scott. We are so appreciative of their determination and persistence, and we want to thank each and every one of the many dedicated law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to find Rachel and bring her home. The incredible outpouring of support and prayers from friends and complete strangers in this community has meant so much and continues to help us as we navigate our way through this very sad time. Rachel was our beautiful and loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. We ask that you honor Rachel’s memory by continuing her legacy of bringing joy and kindness into the world.
The Scotts

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