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Harker Heights Evening Star
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Bell County Deputy drowns while fishing

Harker Heights Evening Star

The body of Deputy Stephen K. Foster, 35 was recovered at approximately 8 a.m. on July 4, as the Game Warden helicopter did a fly over in the second day of searching for Foster, who had fallen overboard at Lake Belton on Sunday.
About 1:30 a.m., Bell County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call about a man overboard at Lake Belton. Upon arriving at the scene, officers realized that it was one of their own.
Foster, along with two other Deputies and several friends, were fishing tandem in two boats on the lake.
Bell County Sheriff’s Department called out dive teams, used sonar equipment and the local Game Warden helicopter, They searched the area begininng at daybreak of July 3. The search teams continued until it was too dark to continue and resumed the following morning at daybreak.
Foster’s body was found a little after 8 a.m. and was pronounced at 8:07 a.m. on July 4 by Judge Bill Cooke. An autopsy was ordered.
Foster was a graduate of Texas A&M University and became a Bell County Jailer in September of 2013. In 2015, Foster was promoted to Deputy.
Funeral arrangements are currently being determined.


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