Body of missing Berks County boater recovered from Susquehanna River

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.