Industry News - Hikers find body in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

Source : Pocono Record (Stroudsburg, PA)
Date : 2014-04-05
April 05 --A 51-year-old man was found dead in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. , the National Park Service said today.

Thomas Stewart , of Columbia , Lancaster County , was found near Lake Lenape in the borough of Delaware Water Gap by hikers.

Stewart had been missing for more than a week and was last seen exiting his vehicle, a 2001 Dodge Ram pickup truck, at Resort Point Overlook on Route 611 on Tuesday, March 25 .

Hikers found Stewart's body Thursday in Helen's Bath Creek in the borough. He had been there for at least two days, according to Monroe County Coroner Bob Allen .

Allen said it appeared Stewart tripped while hiking and fell face down in the creek. He was pronounced dead at 8:40 p.m. Thursday .

The National Park Service Search and Rescue team initiated a search of the area around Resort Point and Mount Minsi on Friday, March 28 , and continued through the weekend with assistance from New Jersey State Park Police , New Jersey Search and Rescue , and canine teams from Ramapo Rescue Dog Association .

New Jersey State Police , Special Operations Section, Aviation Bureau , searched the area using a helicopter.

Search efforts yielded no leads and were hampered by weather conditions. The search was called off on Monday, March 31 , but NPS rangers continued to investigate Stewart's disappearance.

Allen said officials are waiting for toxicology results from a forensic autopsy performed Friday at Lehigh Valley Hospital . Official cause and manner of death are pending those results.

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