Body of missing Berks County boater recovered from Susquehanna River

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The body of a missing boater from Berks County is recovered from the Susquehanna River in Lancaster County.  A woman and child, walking along the river bank in Conestoga Township saw a body floating in shallow water close to shore.  The county coroner was called to the scene and confirmed that the body was that of 56 year old Jose Suarez-Lopez, of Exeter Township.  He had been missing since April 13. Suarez-Lopez and his girlfriend were boating on the river when their small fishing boat flipped over.  Neither were wearing life jackets.  Suarez-Lopez’s girlfriend, Bertha Castro, of Reading, was rescued by another boater.

Castro, who could not swim, was reportedly being held up by Suarez-Lopez when she was rescued.  He disappeared in the deep water.