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Searchers Find Body of Missing Missouri Man in Weekend Boating Accident

MOUNTAIN HOME, AR - Searchers have found the body of an eastern Missouri man who was missing since a boat crash in Baxter County last weekend.

The body of 43-year-old Keith Akridge of Arnold was recovered last night.  The body was found in 142 feet of water at Bull Shoals Lake.  Divers were using sonar, cadaver dogs and underwater cameras.

Authorities say Akridge was vacationing with his family when a ski boat he was driving was involved in a collision with another boat Saturday night.

A passenger in the other boat, identified as a Mammoth Spring man, died of injuries on Wednesday in a Springfield, Missouri, hospital.  Six other people who were injured have been released from hospitals.

Arkansas authorties are investigating the crash.  Running lights from the boats were sent to the state crime lab to determine whether they were in use at the time of the crash.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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