A fisherman casting off the dam at drought-depleted Castaic Lake found a federal agent’s gun and badge, which had been missing since they fell off a boat in 1992, authorities said Thursday.
The fisherman found a backpack containing the gun and badge as well as the ID belonging to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives agent and contacted authorities, according to the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Parks Bureau.
Deputies contacted the agent, who told them he had gone fishing in 1992 with a friend from the county probation office and since they had traveled in a soft-topped Jeep in which it was difficult to securely store the weapon, department IDs and valuables, they put the items into a backpack and took it aboard a fishing boat.
“At some point on the lake, their boat was swamped and the backpack containing their valuables went over the side into the lake,” according to a sheriff’s department statement.
It was unclear exactly when the find was made.
Due to drought, the lake is down 151 feet from normal levels, according to the sheriff’s department.
— City News Service