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Body of missing Punxsutawney man found in Allegheny River

Gilpin Township, PA – The body of a Punxsutawney man who went missing during a camping trip was reportedly found in the Allegheny River.

The Armstrong County Coroner has identified the remains as 38-year-old Nathan Lauer, who was reported missing by his friend over the weekend.

The friend had told police that he, Lauer, and another man had been at a camp on Upper Allegheny Drive in Armstrong County.

They had been drinking through the night and into the morning hours, and the man said he saw Lauer swimming in the river around 7:30 Saturday morning.

The witness told police he went back to bed for a while, but when he woke up, Lauer and the other man at the camp were not there and could not be found. The other man at the camp told police that he did not take Lauer home. Police so far have been unable to make contact with Lauer.

The Gilpin Township Police K-9 unit, PSP helicopter, and rescue divers were all used to scan the area where Lauer was last seen.

The death will remain under investigation by PA State Police and the coroner’s office. An autopsy will be performed.

There is no word when a funeral or memorial service will be able to be held for Nathan Lauer.