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March 12, 2012
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Francis "Frank" McConnell identified as victim in Topaz Lake incident

A man who died when his vehicle rolled into Topaz Lake on Friday has been identified as Francis "Frank" McConnell, 74, of Topaz, according to the Mono County Sheriff's Office.

Friends heard a splash and saw the vehicle in the water and floating away from the shore before it completely sank. His two dogs were also in the vehicle.

McConnell's body was recovered on Friday evening and the vehicle was towed from the lake later that night.

McConnell was a well-known angler around the lake having won or placed in the Topaz Fishing Derby on several occasions.

California Highway Patrol is the lead agency into the investigation of what caused the accident. Final cause of death of Mr. McConnell will be determined by the Mono County Sheriff's Office upon completion of autopsy and toxicology results.

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The Record Courier Updated Mar 12, 2012 04:05PM Published Mar 12, 2012 04:03PM Copyright 2012 The Record Courier. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.