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Missing man's body recovered from Butler County lake

The body of angler Walter Powell was found in Butler County's Lake Arthur early Saturday, three days after he and his red canoe went missing.

Spotted at 10:20 a.m. in the Crescent Bay section of the 3,200-acre lake, Powell's body was verified by family members, according to Dustin Drew of the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, manager of Moraine State Park.

“We can't really say where he entered the water. We still haven't recovered the boat,” said Drew.

Authorities believe that Powell, 51, of Pine, began fishing around 7:30 p.m. on Thursday near Bear Run Launch. After he failed to return home, crews began searching for him Friday morning, but the hunt had to be called off after dusk because of darkness.

Park rangers and investigators from the state's Fish and Boat Commission have kicked off a joint probe to determine how Powell died. His body was transported to the Butler County Coroner and the autopsy is pending, Drew said.

Drew counted 61 names on the rescue roster Saturday, about 20 more than arrived for the Friday search that combed the shoreline and lake and included aircraft. The crews included members of Butler County Team 300, Portersville Fire and Emergency Medical Services, the Prospect Fire Department, the Unionville Fire Department Dive Team, Life Flight 4, Butler County Emergency Management Agency, Allegheny Mountain Search and Rescue, Parker City Water Rescue, Greensburg Water Rescue, Lower Kiski Team 300, Vandergrift Water Rescue, Murrsyville Dive Team, Butler Ambulance Service and the Salvation Army Canteen.

Carl Prine is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7826 or [email protected].


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