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Hypothermia could have caused Caples Lake death, officials say

Adam Jensen

The Alpine County Sheriff’s Office has identified the man found in Caples Lake on Monday as Robert James Schmidt of Reno.

A pair of boaters discovered the 63-year-old man’s body floating near a capsized kayak in the lake Monday afternoon.

The boaters had seen Schmidt 30 minutes earlier, alive and paddling a kayak. They later discovered him floating face down in 6 feet of water about 50 feet from shore, clutching the overturned kayak, said Sgt. Ron Michitarian.

Deputies had not yet determined a cause of death as of Tuesday afternoon.

Michitarian noted the water in Caples Lake water was approximately 44 degrees on Monday, a temperature that could induce hypothermia “within minutes.”

“We are considering hypothermia, but we are not ruling out unknown medical conditions,” Michitarian said.

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An autopsy will be completed on Wednesday, Michitarian said.

Caples Lake is a half-mile east of Kirkwood Mountain Resort.