Family takes up search for missing boater

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STONEBORO, Pa. (WKBN) — There is still no sign of a Mercer County man who went missing and is believed drowned after his canoe capsized Friday morning.

Jason Mathieson, 29, of Stoneboro Lake, was boating with friends early Friday morning on Stoneboro Lake when the canoe they were riding in capsized. The two other boaters made it to shore. Mathieson’s body was never recovered.

Mathieson’s family is doing its own search because the official search in Mercer County was called off late Saturday afternoon. Officials said they would have to wait until Mathieson’s body resurfaced, but family members said they couldn’t wait that long.

The family is camped out in a motor home at the lake and using their own boat to look for any signs of their loved one. They said they are not leaving until he is found.

“You can’t stop until you know for sure where he is at, safe, dead or alive. You need to know something. A body, you need closure,” said Mike Mathieson, the victim’s brother.

Mike said Jason was very outgoing and always lived on the edge.

“You never knew what he was going to do next,” Mike said.

“He was a wonderful son. Nobody’s perfect. But he was a good dad, a good son and he loved his kids with all his heart and they need some closure on this,” said his mother, Cindy Rebel.

She said Jason has three children.

Matheison’s family is looking for more experienced divers to come out and volunteer in the search.  Anyone who would like to help can contact Mike Mathieson at 724-977-4866.

They also would like help from Verizon Wireless to locate his phone. Officials with Verizon said they are in contact with the family and are working with them.

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