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July 5, 2013Plattburg, MO |  By: AP

Plattsburg Drowning

Crews have recovered the bodies of two men who drowned in a western Missouri lake. Reports say the two men were reported missing at Smithville Lake on Thursday.

Their bodies were recovered early Friday. The Missouri State Highway Patrol identifies the two men as Gregory Weese of Plattsburg, and John Butts of Smithville. Both men were 55. Witnesses told the patrol the men had been wading near the lake's northern shore in Clinton County when one of the men either slipped into the water or fell in a hole. The other man then tried to help before both were swept away in the water. Patrol Sgt. Sheldon Lyon says crews searched for the men Thursday night, and resumed the search early Friday.