Man who drowned trying to retrieve purse in Lady Bird Lake identified

Dive crews searching for missing swimmer in Lady Bird Lake Saturday morning. (KXAN Photo / Kyle Kovilaritch)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Authorities have identified the man who drowned in Lady Bird Lake over the weekend.

Austin police say 34-year-old Theodore “Teddy” Allen Carter went under around 1 p.m. Saturday. Carter’s family says he was attempting to retrieve a purse that fell into the water but he didn’t know how to swim.

When he went in, he never resurfaced. A dive team recovered Carter’s body a few hours later.

Carter’s family, who is from Bertram, says he was a free spirit and loving individual. They say his heart was as big as Texas. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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