A two-day search for an 83-year-old Rochester man came to a close Tuesday evening when his body was found in Canandaigua Lake, not far from his cottage on Route 21.
Richard P. Myers, of 7 Park Ave., Rochester, had been missing since Monday morning when his boat washed ashore a few residences away from his cottage. Deputies from Ontario and Yates Counties searched on land and water throughout the rest of the day Monday, resuming their search early Tuesday afternoon.
“We’d like to thank all the emergency responders and search and rescue teams who worked so diligently to bring Dick back to us,” the family said in a statement issued Tuesday night. “We are heartbroken at losing him. We take a small comfort in knowing that Dick was spending time on the lake, which was something he loved to do.”
Two boats combed an area about 500 yards offshore near the address of Mr. Myers’ Route 21 cottage on Tuesday afternoon. Officers used the tools they had at their disposal, including side-scanning sonar to search underwater and drones to search from above.
And they used the powers of observation of the divers and officers walking along the shoreline in an effort to find the missing man who deputies said has been known to swim off his boat and was in frail health.
Mr. Myers had sought assistance from nearby Smith Boys Marina for help jump-starting his boat on Monday morning, according to Ontario County Sheriff’s Chief Deputy John Storer.
An employee helped Mr. Myers get his boat running at the dock of his cottage, and Mr. Myers, who was wearing blue jeans and red shirt, was last seen walking back to his residence at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to Ontario County deputies.
About 20 minutes later, an empty boat washed up ashore near Myers’ cottage, deputies said.
Divers were out until 8 p.m. Monday and were in the water again Tuesday morning and afternoon, Storer said. Seven Ontario County divers on Monday and 10 divers on Tuesday entered the water, Storer said. Divers on Tuesday had marked off “several areas of interest” to check, Storer said.
The cause of Mr. Myers’ death is under investigation, and his body was taken to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office.