Missing Alabama kayaker, fisherman found dead in lake

Published 11:21 am Monday, February 6, 2023

Divers pulled the body of an Alabama man from the waters of a lake Sunday, the county coroner’s office confirmed Monday.

Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates confirmed the identity of the man as Richard Douglas Fields, 34, of Birmingham, Alabama.

Yates said members of the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team found Fields submerged in Bayview Lake in Adamsville, Alabama, Sunday after being called by Fields’ family to investigate his disappearance.

Fields was reported missing after he was kayaking and fishing on the lake. His family reported him missing on January 30.

The case is being investigated by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, Yates said.