Lake Palm­dale body that of miss­ing man

Antelope Valley Press - - NEWS -

PALM­DALE (CNS) — Author­i­ties con­firmed Fri­day that a body re­cov­ered from Lake Palm­dale was that of a 34-year-old Lan­caster man who was re­ported miss­ing.

Robert Lewis Mercer was seen ar­riv­ing at Lake Palm­dale about 7 a.m. Wed­nes­day, and the sher­iff’s depart­ment had de­scribed him as pos­si­bly sui­ci­dal and cir­cu­lated his photo.

An empty boat was found float­ing on the lake sev­eral hours later, prompt­ing fire­fight­ers, a dive crew and a he­li­copter crew to re­spond to the area.

A search was con­ducted, in­clud­ing dive and sonar op­er­a­tions, but it was sus­pended late Wed­nes­day.

The search re­sumed Thurs­day morn­ing, and shortly af­ter noon the sher­iff ’s Spe­cial En­force­ment Bureau tweeted that the “LASD sonar and dive op­er­a­tion has con­cluded. Miss­ing boater has been re­cov­ered from the lake.”

The coroner’s of­fice con­firmed this morn­ing that the body was that of Mercer.

Lake Palm­dale is a 586acre ar­ti­fi­cial lake com­pleted in 1924. It is part of the Cal­i­for­nia State Wa­ter Project and is fed by the Cal­i­for­nia Aqueduct.

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