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Paige Neblett Paige Neblett
Jared Moran (center) Jared Moran (center)
On Monday, family and friends gathered at Fern Creek Park to remember Neblett's life. On Monday, family and friends gathered at Fern Creek Park to remember Neblett's life.
William Neblett (center) William Neblett (center)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A fun weekend at Bushmans Lake in Charlestown, Indiana turned tragic for a group of family and friends. They were partying together when they realized Paige Neblett, 23, was missing. Her body was recovered the next day from the water.

Neblett was from Louisville and graduated from Fern Creek High School. On Monday, family and friends gathered at Fern Creek Park to remember Neblett's life.

For those who knew her best, it's her big personality they will all miss the most.

"Her laugh, her laughter, the way she just lit up a room when she walked in," said Jared Moran. "She was always happy."

On Monday, they came together to remember the life she lived and released colored lanterns in her memory. Her father, William Neblett took comfort in being with her friends.

"This has been a very beautiful expression of love," said Neblett. "She was a person her taught love and knew how to teach it."

On Saturday, Paige Neblett was with her boyfriend visiting friends for a bonfire and a night of drinking.

Clark County Sheriff Danny Rodden says Neblett's boyfriend put her to bed in a camper around 1:00 a.m. He told investigators when he checked on her less than an hour later she was gone. What started as a frantic missing person's search turned into a recovery when it was discovered the next day that she could be in the lake. Indiana State Police divers recovered Neblett's body.

In 22 years having a cabin on Bushmans Lake, neighbor Dan Klein still can't believe it. "It's really a shame that someone would fall in the water like this in this lake and we've never had anything like that happen," said Klein.

Sheriff Rodden said this tragic death can serve as a very important reminder, "There are always safety issues and not necessarily to do they always end in this type of tragedy, but it's definitely the possibility so everybody needs to be more aware and be more cautious, be more safe, and think about the consequences when we do these types of things."

Neblett's family released a statement saying Paige was a wonderful, motivated individual who was loved by everyone who had the privilege to meet her. She was a beautiful and inspiring woman. They say they hope this is a wake-up call to anyone who parties around water.

At this time her funeral arrangements are pending.

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