A body recovered from Lake Washington has been identified as that of a Mercer Island man who went missing after he went out on his boat more than two years ago.
Richard Sweezey, 67, drowned on July 20, 2012, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The manner of death is classified as an accident.
Sweezey died the same day an investigation began after his boat was found grounded in Kirkland when a resident called police to report a boat had drifted into the shoreline. Police boarded the boat and found a portable generator running and a tool in the water, but didn’t locate Sweezey.
His car was found at the Queen City Yacht Club in Portage Bay, where he had a slip.
After a search by the Seattle Police Department and King County Sheriff’s Office was called off, Sweezey’s friends and family raised tens of thousands of dollars for their own search, according to his obituary, published in The Seattle Times in 2013. The recovery effort involved searching a majority of the lake bottom north of the Highway 520 bridge using sonar technology.
“While the search for Rick was ultimately unsuccessful, the lengths to which his loved ones went to find him was indicative of the relationships he forged during his 67 years,” his obituary said.
It’s unclear when Sweezey’s body was found.