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Body found in lake, no foul play suspected

The body of a lake front property owner was found in Lake Cypress Springs Sunday, June 30.

A neighbor discovered Tom Shiels, age 62, floating near his boat house and called the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office (FCSO). According to Sheriff Ricky Jones, there were no indications of foul play and the deceased did have a history of medical conditions. The body was sent to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for autopsy and results are not expected for several days. See the July 4 edition of the Mount Vernon Optic-Herald for a listing of other incidents handled by local law enforcement.