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Further testing needed to determine ID of body found in Susquehanna River

Jose Suarez, of Berks County, 1 of 2 men missing in river, officials say

CONESTOGA TWP., Pa. - It's still too soon to tell whether a body found in the Susquehanna River on Sunday is that of a missing man from Berks County, officials said Monday.

A fisherman found the body floating in the water on the east bank of the river, near the Holtwood Dam in Drumore Twp., Lancaster Co., state police said.

The discovery was made several miles downstream from where Jose Suarez went missing after his fishing boat capsized on the river in Conestoga Township on April 13, officials said.

Volunteers worked much of last week trying to find the 57-year-old Exeter Township man, who's credited with helping to save his girlfriend, Bertha Castro, from drowning before he went under the water. Neither was wearing a life preserver, officials said.

Crews have also been searching for the body of a man who reportedly jumped off the Holtwood Dam five weeks ago, officials said.

The coroner won't be able to make a formal identification of the found body until further testing is done, officials said.


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