Kern River Valley

Authorities pull Bakersfield man's body from lake

Authorities pull Bakersfield man's body from lake

LAKE ISABELLA, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - On the fourth day of searching, a Kern County Sheriff's Office team recovered the body of a Bakersfield man who went missing in Isabella Lake on Father's Day.

Michael May, 29, was on an outing with his family when his kayak apparently flipped. The lake patrol quickly responded, but May wasn't spotted.

His wife, Dafawn May, told Eyewitness News earlier this week that she feared he had drowned, and cousin Veronica Hernandez told Eyewitness News on Tuesday that "reality is setting in" as the search dragged on.

The sheriff's office sent an alert Wednesday that it had recovered a body from the lake. Thursday, the coroner's office confirmed they had found May, recovering his body from Kissack Cove.

A family friend told Eyewitness News late Wednesday that she was there with Dafawn May when the body was pulled from the lake, and she said the body was identified immediately as Michael May.

May served in the Army National Guard and was stationed at the armory in Bakersfield. He previously served three tours of duty in Iraq as a U.S. Marine.

"He always stood grounded," said May’s cousin on Tuesday. "He never let anything get him down.”