The body of an Orange man has been recovered from the Sabine River in Newton County. Kevin Mazzagate, 47, disappeared under water and never resurfaced while swimming at the end of Indian Lake Rd., near Deweyville.

Newton County Sheriff’s officers responded to the call Thursday, Nov. 5 at about 3:00 pm, Thursday when it was reported that a man had drowned. Sheriff Eddie Shannon said officers were told that Mazzagate and an unidentified woman were swimming in the area when he went down and never resurfaced.

Mazzagate’s body was recovered only a short time after he was reported missing. He was pronounced dead at the scene By Newton County Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Connie Smith, who requested an autopsy.