Agent's gun, badge lost 22 years ago found by fisherman in drought-diminished California lake

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Water in Los Angeles County's Castaic Lake is so low amid California's drought that a fisherman has recovered a handgun and a badge that a federal agent lost in the water decades ago.

Sheriff's detectives say the shallow water exposed a backpack containing the items and it was plucked out by the fisherman on Thursday. The bag also contained a watch, ring and pager.

The Los Angeles Times reports ( detectives were able to track down the agent, who works with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

The agent said he got grief from his co-workers after his backpack went overboard during a 1992 boat trip.

The water level at the lake in northern Los Angeles County is down about 150 feet.


Information from: Los Angeles Times,