Sheriff Luce gives update on Seneca Lake search, body recovered Friday


The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports it concluded the search of the north end of Seneca Lake this afternoon when the body of Gary H. Gladis Jr., 47, of Geneva was recovered at about 3:18 pm. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the NYSP Underwater Recovery Team which used sonar and divers to locate the body, which was in approx 20 feet of water, near the last location he was seen near the east side of Seneca Lake about 3/4 mile south of the canal. Gladis was pronounced dead by Seneca County Coroner Deb Kelley. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office was also assisted by the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Geneva Police Dept , NYS Environmental Conservation Police, NYS Park Police, along with West Lake Road Fire, Seneca Falls Fire, and Border City Fire under the direction of Fire Chief John Morabito. Sheriff Tim Luce credits all the agencies with workin g together seamlessly and reports he hopes the efforts give the family some closure, and states “our thoughts and prayers are with the Gladis family at this tragic time”.

Friday, 11:35 am

Reports indicate that the missing swimmer on Seneca Lake is Gary Gladis Jr. of Geneva. The 47-year-old went missing on Seneca Lake after his 12-year-old daughter called 911 reporting that Gladis, and an 11-year-old were struggling in the rough waters of Seneca Lake around 3:30 pm.

The search for Gladis is ongoing.

Friday, 7:57 am

The search is set to resume this morning, as crews make their way back out onto Seneca Lake to locate a missing Geneva man who is presumed drowned after disappearing yesterday afternoon. Details around the incident are scarce, but the call came in from 911 when an 12-year-old female passenger of a boat called reporting that her father and cousin were struggling in rough waters Thursday afternoon on Seneca Lake.

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A 47-year-old Geneva man is missing on Seneca Lake after a boating incident that happened at 3:49 pm Thursday.

Seneca County Sheriff Tim Luce says that at approximately 3:49 pm the 911 center received a call from a 12-year-old female in a boat on Seneca Lake reporting that her father and her 11-year-old cousin were in the water and in distress.

Neither individual had lifejackets on and the rough water was pushing the boat away, making it so that the swimmers could not get back onto the boat. Deputies located the pontoon boat on the east side of Seneca Lake in the area of Kime Beach.

Deputies got the boat to shore, where the 12-year-old passenger was checked over by first responders. The 11-year-old female was picked up by another boater and brought to Stivers Marina where she was transported to Geneva General Hospital by South Seneca Ambulance.

She was treated and released, according to deputies.

Deputies say that a search ensued on Seneca Lake for the 47-year-old Geneva resident. As of 9:30 pm he had not been located. Deputies say that boats from the Seneca County Sheriff’s Office, Border City Fire Department, Seneca Falls Fire Department, Romulus Fire Department, and West Lake Road Fire Department — all searched the area for several hours.

The search is scheduled to resume this morning on Seneca Lake.

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