Body Found in Lake Palmdale Confirmed to Be That of Missing Man

Los Angeles County Sheriffs Department

Authorities confirmed Friday that a body recovered from Lake Palmdale was that of a 34-year-old Lancaster man who was reported missing.

Robert Lewis Mercer was seen arriving at Lake Palmdale in Palmdale about 7 a.m. Wednesday, and the sheriff's department circulated his photo.

An empty boat was found floating on the lake several hours later, prompting firefighters, a dive crew, and a helicopter crew to respond to the area. A search was conducted, including dive and sonar operations, but it was suspended late Wednesday.

The search resumed Thursday morning, and shortly after noon the sheriff's Special Enforcement Bureau tweeted that the "LASD sonar and dive operation has concluded. Missing boater has been recovered from the lake.''

The coroner's office confirmed this morning that the body was that of Mercer. Lake Palmdale is a 586-acre artificial lake completed in 1924. It is part of the California State Water Project and is fed by the California Aqueduct.

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