The Travis County Sheriff's Office has identified a body recovered in Lake Travis Friday morning as Rachel Scott, who has been missing since May.
Scott went missing on Lake Travis on May 19, 2018. Friends reported that she fell from the top tier of a party barge and hit her head before falling into the water. Several people attempted to rescue her but were unsuccessful.
Dive teams searched for Scott in the days that followed and throughout the summer. On October 4, a body was found in the area where Scott was last seen. She was recovered the following day.
The cause and manner of her death are pending a final report.
The Scott family released the following statement:
Our family will be eternally grateful to the dive teams of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office and the Austin Police Department, along with other supporting agencies, for their unwavering commitment to completing the nearly impossible task of recovering our daughter Rachel Scott. We are so appreciative of their determination and persistence, and we want to thank each and every one of the many dedicated law enforcement personnel who worked tirelessly to find Rachel and bring her home. The incredible outpouring of support and prayers from friends and complete strangers in this community has meant so much and continues to help us as we navigate our way through this very sad time. Rachel was our beautiful and loving daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, and friend. We ask that you honor Rachel’s memory by continuing her legacy of bringing joy and kindness into the world.