New Hampshire

Missing Boater's Body Recovered From Lake Massabesic in NH

Police were notified Friday night when 83-year-old Joseph Moreau, from Methuen, Massachusetts, did not return home after his early morning fishing trip at Lake Massabesic in Auburn, New Hampshire.

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The body of a man who went fishing Friday morning at a lake in New Hampshire and never returned home has been recovered by authorities, state police announced.

A dive team located and recovered 83-year-old Joseph Moreau, of Methuen, Massachusetts, on Sunday at Lake Massabesic in Auburn, as part of an ongoing search that began at the lake on Saturday.

Moreau was taken to Concord Hospital where an autopsy is scheduled to be performed Monday.

State and local police were notified Friday night by Moreau's wife after he never returned from his 6:30 a.m. fishing trip.

New Hampshire authorities responded Saturday to Lake Massabesic for the missing boater. State police said the man -- whose name was provided to officials by his son Saturday night -- was missing off his canoe, which he launched by himself at Clair's Landing.

Joseph Moreau, 83, of Methuen, Massachusetts, went fishing at Lake Massabesic Friday morning around 6:30. He hasn't been heard from since.

Multiple agencies -- including the NH Fish and Game dive team -- were looking for Moreau. Search teams used boats and ATVs to scour the lake and the woods for any clues. There was no sign of him Saturday, however, his canoe was found upright, with all of his fishing equipment inside, officials said. His car was also discovered Saturday, parked near the lake.

The search was suspended at sundown Saturday and resumed Sunday morning. Search teams said Saturday night they believed this was a recovery operation.

The case remains under investigation. Anyone with information related to this incident is encouraged to contact Marine Patrol Officer Nicholas Haroutunian at 603-293-2037.

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