Body of drowning victim found

Jason Mathieson

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STONEBORO, Pa. (WKBN) — The body of a Mercer County man who drowned while boating with friends last week has been found.

Jason Mathieson, 29, was at Sandy Lake with two friends about 4 a.m. Friday when their canoe capsized. The other two, a man and a woman, made it safely to shore and called for help.

Authorities spent all day Friday and most of Saturday morning searching for Mathieson, but could not find him. Officials called off the search Saturday afternoon, but family members and some volunteers camped out at the lake searching the water on their own.

Stoneboro Volunteer Fire Company Chief Rick Reither said in a news release that Mathieson was found about 3:30 p.m. Wednesday. His body was first spotted by an underwater camera being operated by friends of the family. His body was recovered by fire crews.

Reither said his body was found in 20 feet of water within the initial search area.

Family members said they are relieved that Mathieson’s body has been found.

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