The tropper, Anthony Piercy, was placed on administrative leave following the May 31 drowning at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri. Sgt. Paul Reinsch, Water Patrol spokesman, told The Register Piercy had returned to work.
Brandon Ellingson, 20, of Clive, was arrested on suspicion of boating while intoxicated. Authorities said Ellingson was handcuffed and wearing a life jacket when he either jumped or fell overboard and drowned.
Ellingson was a graduate of Valley High School and a student at Arizona State University.