Body Recovered At Lake Silkworth ID’d As Missing Nanticoke Man

December 23, 2017 GMT

LEHMAN TWP. — The body recovered Friday at Lake Silkworth is that of Adam C. Lutz, 22, of Nanticoke, who had gone missing in the area in November.

An autopsy is scheduled for Tuesday, said Luzerne County Coroner Bill Lisman.

Lutz had been missing since the night of Nov. 9.

A friend reported around 10:45 p.m. that night that he had “vanished into thin air” after driving around Harveys Lake and along state Route 29. The friend, who has not been identified, reported that they pulled over twice on the drive, the second time to pick up a cellphone that had fallen onto the road, police said.

When the friend returned to the idling vehicle, Lutz was gone, the friend told police.

Police searched the water and the area around the lake in the days after the missing person report, and located some of Lutz’s clothes, including a boot and a hat, along the shoreline.

But as days passed without more leads, the search turned into a recovery effort.

Authorities searched the lake extensively after the disappearance, at one point calling in dive teams from New Jersey. For weeks, the search continued.

On Friday, it yielded results. A dive team broke a hole in the lake’s ice to recover the missing body.

Now, the autopsy will give investigators more information about the circumstances around Lutz’s death.

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