Baxter Co. woman dies after falling into lake

BAXTER COUNTY (KATV) - A Jonesboro woman is dead after falling into Lake Norfork in Baxter County.

Search crews found the body of Penny Jane Hellums around 12:30 Sunday morning. According to the Baxter County Sheriff's Office, authorities were called out shortly after three Saturday afternoon.

Troy Lairson told investigators Hellums jumped in the water while their boat was still moving. Lairson said he tried to save her but wasn't able to.

The Baxter county sheriff's office, along with several agencies, used sonar and underwater cameras to search for Hellums. She was found in approximately 30 feet of water.