Body of missing boater recovered and identified

Dean Christman vanished from boat more than week ago

Published: 5:57 PM EDT Jul 30, 2013   Updated: 11:24 AM EDT Jul 31, 2013
Search and Rescue mission to continue at Beltzville

The body pulled from the lake at Beltzville State Park about 4 p.m. Tuesday  has been identified as Dean Christman, who vanished from his boat on the lake more than a week ago.

Carbon County Coroner Bruce Nalesnic, who identified the remains, said the 57-year-old Christman lived near the state park in Towamensing Township.

Nalesnic said an autopsy performed at Lehigh Valley Hospital Wednesday determined that Christman drowned. His death was ruled an accident.

Christman disappeared around 6 a.m. July 22. Two fisherman saw his empty boat going in circles on the lake. Only a life jacket was found inside the boat.

The lake was closed for days while the searchers attempted to recover the body of the missing man.