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Missing McAdoo man found in Tuscarora Lake

  • Rush Township Police, along with firefighters and fire police from Hometown and Quakake, were staged at the entrance to Tuscarora Lake while members of the Ryan Township Dive Rescue Team searched the lake.
    Rush Township Police, along with firefighters and fire police from Hometown and Quakake, were staged at the entrance to Tuscarora Lake while members of the Ryan Township Dive Rescue Team searched the lake.
Published November 19. 2012 05:06PM

The body of a missing McAdoo man was recovered from the Tuscarora Lake late Sunday afternoon. A park ranger spotted the man's clothes lying along the boat rental dock. After a search by members of the Ryan Township Dive and Rescue Team, the body of 22-year-old Kamil Sposob was found about 25 feet down in 45-degree water.

Police located a vehicle in the lower parking lot of the park and placed a parking ticket on it Wednesday. This was later determined to be Sposob's vehicle. However, at that time it was not known Sposob was reported missing.

Sposob's stepfather had reported him missing around 6:45 p.m. on Tuesday. Rush Township Police Sergeant Duane Frederick said, "McAdoo police could not enter Sposob as a missing person until 72 hours after the initial report. He was entered as missing on Friday, two days after officers ticketed the vehicle."

Frederick added that DCNR State Park Rangers saw the vehicle Sunday morning and questioned why it was still parked there with a ticket on it. Searchers were called after a ranger found a man's shirt, pants, sneakers and wallet were on the edge of an earthen pier near the boat rental facility.

Firefighters from Tamaqua, Hometown and Quakake were called to conduct a walking search of the woods around the dam, because officials didn't yet know if someone was in the water.

Ryan Township Rescue Squad Rescue and Dive Team volunteers spent about 30 minutes searching the cold waters.

The chief said they found the body of Sposob in the water about 15 to 20 feet from where his belongings were found.

The Lehighton Fire Department also responded with a boat to assist in the water search.

The park was closed and temporarily evacuated of visitors as Rush Township Fire Police volunteers blocked the entrance to the park.

All response units were cleared from the park at about 6 p.m.

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