Body of New Jersey man recovered after walking through Lake Hopatcong
Body of New Jersey man recovered after walking through Lake Hopatcong

πŸ”΄ 79-year-old man went into Lake Hopatcong

πŸ”΄ Search was stopped Saturday night

πŸ”΄ Training exercises at Lake Hopatcong on Friday

ROXBURY – A 79-year-old Morris County man is dead after disappearing in Lake Hopatcong.

According to the Morris County District Attorney’s Office, Roxbury police received a call around 7:30 p.m. Saturday that a man had walked into Lake Hopatcong.

Numerous agencies, including the Roxbury Police Department, the State Police Marine Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office and the Morris County District Attorney’s Office, began searching the lake.

A submersible, divers and a helicopter were used for the search.

Lake Hopatcong (NJ DEP)

Lake Hopatcong (NJ DEP)

The rescue operations were suspended on Saturday night and resumed on Sunday. However, due to water conditions and poor visibility, they were suspended again on Sunday evening.

The body of the 79-year-old man from Roxbury was finally found on Monday morning.

Authorities said the death was not suspicious

Another drowning at NJ Lake

The death at Lake Hopatcong was the second at a New Jersey lake this weekend.

A 33-year-old man drowned in Crystal Lake in Manchester around 9:30 a.m. Saturday morning when he suffered a muscle cramp. Edwin Toro-Mejia, of Howell, was pronounced dead when authorities found his body about 90 minutes later.

Crystal Lake in Manchester (Whiting Fire Company Station 33)

Crystal Lake in Manchester (Whiting Fire Company Station 33)

Read more: Man drowns while swimming through dangerous lake in Manchester, New Jersey

The lake, which is not actually a natural lake but an aquifer, is privately owned and visiting it is illegal.

Training exercises at Lake Hopatcong

Saturday’s search came just a day after state police, Roxbury police and other agencies conducted a training exercise at Lake Hopatcong.

The exercise focused on how officers should board another ship in the event of an emergency, such as a medical emergency or a domestic dispute.

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