Bodies of missing Denver band member, son recovered from Arkansas Lake

DENVER — The bodies of a missing Denver band member and his son were recovered from an Arkansas lake over the weekend after the duo went kayaking.

On March 16, Charles “Chuck” Morris IV, 47, and his son Charles “Charley” Morris V, 20, were reported missing after kayaking on Beaver Lake near Fayetteville, Arkansas, the report said Benton County Sheriff’s Office.

Chuck Morris was the electronic and acoustic percussionist for Lotus, a five-piece Denver band who, according to their website, have been creating “electronic dance music with instrumental post-rock” for eight years.

They had started kayaking on Beaver Lake in Benton County around 11 a.m. and planned to return at 2 p.m. Chuck Morris’ wife became concerned when they weren’t home at 4 p.m. and called the sheriff’s office.

Storms had begun moving through the area, causing wind gusts of up to 35 miles per hour. According to a GoFundMe created to support the family, “The weather and other elements created a perfect storm on and within the lake that was impossible to survive.”

Deputies began searching Beaver Lake and found two kayaks and a jacket.

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Benton County (Arkansas) Sheriff’s Office

Efforts were scaled back on March 22, although they continued to work to recover the two men.

After 24 days, on April 9, rescuers found their two bodies and were able to recover them. Charley Morris’ body was found first and the sheriff’s office told the family the cause of death was drowning. Chuck Morris’ body was found later that same day.

Lotus will host several benefit concerts in Denver, Pennsylvania and New York, with 100% of the net proceeds from these special shows going directly to the Morris family. These dates are:

  • April 21, Denver’s Fillmore Auditorium
  • April 22, Fillmore Auditorium in Denver
  • May 5, XL Live in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • May 6, Capitol Theater in Port Chester, New York

Click here for ticket information.

A GoFundMe was also created to support the Morris family.

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