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Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 1:00 am | Updated: 1:35 pm, Mon Mar 11, 2013.

The body of an unidentified man was recovered Saturday night at Ohiopyle State Park after being spotted by kayakers.

According to Fayette County Coroner’s office chief field investigator Roger Victor, the badly decomposed body was officially pronounced dead at 9:34 p.m. by Deputy Coroner Paul Kondrla. The body had been found shortly before 8 p.m. according to Fayette County 911 and state park rangers were investigating.

Victor said the body was found entangled in trees near the Youghiogheny River. Victor said members of the Ohiopyle Volunteer Fire Department lifted the body from the scene 200 feet up a cliff to the bike trail near Bruner Run. Fayette EMS also assisted at the scene.

“He was found about three miles from where the Fayette County Coroner’s K-9 hit in January,” Victor said.

The Fayette County K-9 and other search teams scoured Ohiopyle State Park throughout January after a Somerset man was reported missing and his car was found parked near the train station visitor’s center in Ohiopyle. Victor said the dog hit on an area about 200 to 300 yards downstream from the high bridge on Ferncliff Peninsula.

Numerous searches had been conducted at the park in January for Jeremy Walker, 29, of Somerset, who last spoke to his family on New Years Day. The initial search at the park began Jan. 3 and involved search and rescue teams from several states, including search dogs. The Army Corps of Engineers lowered the water level in the Youghiogheny River by reducing the amount of water released from the Youghiogheny River Dam in Confluence to help with the search efforts.

Victor said the body recovered Saturday will be examined by Fayette County Coroner Phillip Reilly prior to an autopsy being conducted.

No further information was available Saturday night.

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