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UPDATE: Deputies identify Delta Lake drowning victim

A call first came into the Oneida County 911 center at 11:25 a.m. reporting a drowning near Main Street.

Posted: Aug 7, 2019 12:34 PM
Updated: Aug 7, 2019 6:23 PM

TOWN OF WESTERN - The body of a drowning victim was recovered from Delta Lake late Wednesday morning.

A call first came into the Oneida County 911 Center at 11:25 a.m. reporting a drowning near Main Street. Witnesses said a person left the boat launch in a canoe, then went into the lake.

Oneida County Sheriff's Deputies and Town of Western firefighters responded to the scene around 11:43 a.m, and found a deceased male had been located in the water by a friend.

Wednesday afternoon, deputies identified the man as 65-year-old Ronald J. Pocchiari of Lee.

The investigation is ongoing, but police say "nothing appears to be criminal in nature."

Joe Lisi, the Undersheriff with the Oneida County Sheriff's Office says crews found Pocchiari's body under his canoe.

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