Lake McClure

Two men were found dead due to unknown circumstances inside a houseboat moored at Lake McClure in Mariposa County on Saturday.

Captain Sterling Cramer with the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office said cause of death is pending autopsy results, but no foul play is suspected.

According to a Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office press release, a friend of Roger Dennis, 68, contacted the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Office at about 1 p.m. and requested a welfare check on him because he had not been heard from in a week.

Deputies responded to the home, which was located in Arnold Bay, a houseboat mooring site just east of the long finger that forms the houseboat mooring at Little Piney Creek and Big Piney Creek, said Sgt. Joe Williams.

Dennis and Myles Correia, 63, of Merced, were both found dead inside. 

Dennis was identified as being from La Grange, but his home address refers to an area in Barrett Cove, a recreation area along the western face of Lake McClure, Cramer said. The La Grange area zip code — 95329 — cuts across three counties; Stanislaus (where the township of La Grange is located), Tuolumne and Mariposa. 

Dennis was also identified as one of the few full-time residents on the lake, Cramer said. 

He did not have any additional information related to the style or make of the houseboat. 

Williams said Arnold Bay where the houseboat was located was likely the most populous mooring site on the northern fingers of Lake McClure, south of Tuolumne County.

He said residents often accessed the site through Barrett Cove Recreation Area, which is south of the moorings and managed by the Merced Irrigation District. 

Lake McClure is located in Mariposa County and is formed by the New Exchequer Dam impounding the Merced River. 

The press release said additional information will be released following the completion of the autopsy. 


Contact Giuseppe Ricapito at (209) 588-4526 or Follow him on Twitter @g_ricapito 


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