Intelligencer Journal/Lancaster New Era
Body found in Susquehanna BY JENNIFER TODD, Staff Writer
An autopsy will be performed today to determine if a body found Sunday in the Susquehanna River is that of a man missing since his boat capsized April 13.
Officials said the body was spotted by a boater around noon and was found floating in the water on the east bank of the river in Drumore Township.
County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni said officials could not make an immediate identification but did say the deceased is a man.
Jose Suarez-Lopez, 57, of Reading, disappeared near Jacks Island, south of the Safe Harbor Dam. His girlfriend, Bertha Castro, 49, who also was in the boat when it overturned, was rescued.
Officials said neither was wearing a life preserver.
The area where the body was found Sunday is about 10 miles from where Suarez-Lopez went missing.
Teams of rescuers have scoured the area throughout the week using divers, sonar and cadaver dogs. Crews on Saturday conducted a final full-scale search effort for the missing man.
Although the discovery of the body comes a week after Suarez-Lopez went missing, the body also could be that of a Lancaster man who disappeared last month.
Todd Errol Martin, 42, of Lancaster, hasn't been seen since his vehicle was discovered at 5:15 a.m. March 2 parked in the middle of the Norman Wood Bridge in Martic Township.
The silver Honda Accord's lights, including four-way hazards and an interior light, were on.
State police said a suicide note was found in the car.
Authorities said at the time they had no information to confirm that Martin had jumped from the bridge.
He was entered in a national police database as a missing person.
State police were not available for comment Sunday.
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