Former Enid man who jumped off dam found in bottom of lake

Friday, January 21st 2005, 5:56 am
By: News On 6

CHEROKEE, Okla. (AP) -- Authorities have recovered the body of a former Enid man from Great Salt Plains Lake.

Alfalfa County Sheriff Charlie Tucker says 39-year-old Jimmy Lee Baker jumped off a dam on the east side of the lake Wednesday afternoon after an argument with his wife. Searchers found him about 11 A-M yesterday at the bottom of the lake.

Baker's body was sent to the medical examiner's office in Oklahoma City for an autopsy. Tucker says it appears Baker drowned.

The sheriff says Baker and his wife, Lillian, went to the lake Wednesday to go fishing. Witnesses told authorities that both had been drinking before the argument turned physical.

Tucker says Baker and another man went over to the dam. Baker then crawled onto the wall of the dam and jumped into the water.

Tucker says Lillian Baker was taken to an Enid hospital because of her intoxication.

Baker had been living in Cherokee for a few weeks, but he lived in Enid in 2001 and 2002.