Body pulled from Lake Palmdale

Vic­tim be­lieved to be miss­ing man

Antelope Valley Press - - FRONT PAGE - By JULIE DRAKE Val­ley Press Staff Writer [email protected]­press.com

PALMDALE — Au­thor­i­ties on Thurs­day re­cov­ered a body from Lake Palmdale be­lieved to be that of a 34-year-old man who was re­ported miss­ing the day prior.

Robert Lewis Mercer was seen ar­riv­ing at Lake Palmdale about 7 a.m. Wed­nes­day. An empty boat with fish­ing gear in­side of it was found an­chored on the lake a few hours later, prompt­ing an hours-long search by au­thor­i­ties.

Los An­gele County Fire Depart­ment and Sher­iff ’s Depart­ment dive crews and he­li­copter crews con­ducted a search that in­cluded sonar op­er­a­tions. Au­thor­i­ties sus­pended the wa­ter search at dusk Wed­nes­day and con­tin­ued a ground search with flash­lights and scent dogs. The wa­ter search re­sumed Thurs­day morn­ing.

About 12:30 Thurs­day the sher­iff ’s Spe­cial En­force­ment Bureau tweeted an up­date: “LASD sonar and dive op­er­a­tion has con­cluded. Miss­ing boater has been re­cov­ered from the lake.”

A spokesper­son with the Los An­ge­les County Coro­ner’s of­fice con­firmed the body of a male adult was re­cov­ered from the lake Thurs­day but said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were still work­ing on the case and that an iden­ti­fi­ca­tion on the body was not avail­able.

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF LOS AN­GE­LES COUNTY SHER­IFF’S DEPART­MENT

Au­thor­i­ties re­cov­ered a body Thurs­day morn­ing from Lake Palmdale be­lieved to be that of a 34-year-old man who was re­ported miss­ing the day prior.

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