Body pulled from lake


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SHELBYVILLE, Ill. (WCIA) — State police say detectives are investigating after the body of a Mattoon man was recovered from Lake Shelbyville.

A press release from Illinois State Police says 70-year-old Donald E. Pygott was reported missing by his family on Saturday. That evening around 9 p.m., investigators say he was found dead in Lake Shelbyville near Wolf State Park.

ISP says Shelby County’s Sheriff’s Office, Dive Team, and Coroner’s office, along with IDNR Conservation Police, are helping with the investigation.

Detectives say they’re still actively investigating the incident. No further information was immediately available Sunday morning.

ISP asks that any witnesses or people who have any knowledge of this incident should contact them at

UPDATE: The wife of Donald Pygott has released a statement to WCIA in regards to his passing.

“Connie Pygott and family would like to thank all that searched for Don last night. From the camp hosts and family, search and rescue, first responders, Wolf Creek and Shelby County divers.

Without these people, we would not have been able to get through this. Don loved his family and friends very much.

Crappie fishing and dirt racing was his thing. Don and I were married for 30 years. Don worked at ANAMET for 49—almost 50 years, and just retired 2 years ago.

Don was a loved man that would do anything for anybody. He will always be missed. Don was doing what he loved at the time of his passing.”

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