Hughes County Chief Deputy identified as man who presumably drowned in Missouri River

HUGHES COUNTY, S.D. — A Chief Deputy with the Hughes County Sheriff’s Office has been identified as the man who drown in the Missouri River over the Fourth of July weekend.

On Friday, July 3, Hughes County Chief Deputy Lee Weber jumped into the river while trying to save his young son who had fallen in. The child was saved, but law enforcement are still searching for Weber, who wasn’t wearing a life jacket. He is presumed to be dead.

The Hughes County Sheriff’s Office extends its sincerest condolences to the Weber family.

Weber has been with the sheriff’s office since 2015 and was promoted to Chief Deputy in 2019. He was also a decorated veteran of the South Dakota National Guard who served tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A memorial fund has been established for Weber’s family at Bankwest. Donations will be directed to the Lee Weber Memorial Account an any BankWest location in South Dakota.

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