STOCKTON LAKE, Mo. (KY3) — Investigators say a man found dead outside a boat ramp on Stockton Lake was not shot.

The Missouri Highway Patrol is now calling the man’s death an accident.

Investigators first thought the fisherman had been shot Wednesday afternoon near a boat ramp at Price Cove. A family member planned to meet the victim for a fishing trip earlier in the day, but the victim never showed up. The family member tracked down the victim through his cell phone. His found body was found along the banks of the lake.

Authorities say his boat was by the shore. Divers later found the man’s trailer and truck in deep water. Investigators initially thought both had been stolen.

Investigators have not released the man’s identity.

This story is courtesy of KY3 in Springfield