ODNR: Body of missing Mosquito Lake boater found

John Schuster, 51, went missing Sunday morning while fishing with another passenger on Mosquito Lake

Missing boater on Mosquito Lake


CORTLAND, Ohio (WKBN) – The body of a boater who went missing on Mosquito Lake over the weekend has been found, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed.

A little over two hours after resuming their recovery efforts on Wednesday, one of the search boats was able to locate 51-year-old John Schuster’s body.

Crews discovered the body just before 11 a.m. on their fourth day of searching.

Officials said the calmer winds and waves helped them find him.

Schuster went missing Sunday morning while fishing with another passenger on Mosquito Lake. Police got the call around 10:30 a.m. about the canoe capsizing after it had filled with water.

The passenger was rescued but Schuster was nowhere to be found. Investigators said he wasn’t wearing a life jacket at the time.

“It’s sad that something like this happened. We were grateful for the family to be able to find him so that they can move on with their grieving with this and so they know exactly what happened,” said Det. Richard McCullough, with ODNR.

The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office will determine Schuster’s official cause of death.

ODNR had been searching since Sunday, labeling it as a recovery effort on Tuesday.

John Schuster Obituary

John Schuster obituary

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