A Highland man was found dead inside his pickup truck that was found submerged in a lake Tuesday afternoon a day after the man was reported missing. 86 year old Eugene Kovach died of drowning, but authorities will try to determine if another medical issue took place before he died.
The Madison County Coroner’s Office says Kovach was reported missing to authorities on Monday. On Tuesday, a search by the Highland Police Department was conducted of a private lake in the 12-thousand block of Decks Prairie Lane where he was known to go fishing. His truck was discovered in the lake and the O’Fallon Underwater Search and Recovery Team found Kovach deceased inside the truck. A final ruling on the cause of death will be determined upon the completion of toxicology testing.