A day later, search for suspected drowning victim yields no results

LOCK HAVEN — More than 24 hours later, authorities still have nothing to report following a search for a man in the Susquehanna River near Old Riverview Road in Wayne Township.

On Wednesday, more than a dozen fire companies and other emergency agencies responded to the scene, but a search yielded no results.

Late Thursday afternoon, State Police at Lamar released the following statement: “Investigators searched near this incident for any unattended vehicles or watercraft in an attempt to identify the individual who was observed in the river. As of (Oct. 31) at 12:45 (p.m.), the individual has not been identified and there has been no reports of missing persons in the area which match the description of the victim. Investigators are still following up on leads to identify and confirm that was in fact in the river. Updates will be made if any additional information is discovered.”

The alleged missing man is described as a white male, possibly with black hair, according to the police report.

On Wednesday, State Police at Lamar said that a known male witness observed what he described as a white male with black hair and a black beard struggling and yelling for help in the Susquehanna River near the Alan Gardner Memorial Park boat launch.

Several water rescue crews responded on Wednesday and deployed watercraft in the area. Geisinger’s LifeFlight helicopter assisted watercraft in the water as it was returning from a flight in the area.

According to police, they did recover personal items from the area where the person was last seen. However, a body was not recovered.

Anyone with information is asked to contact State Police at Lamar at (570) 726-6000.


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