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Members of the Murrysville Medic One Dive Team continue their search Tuesday, June 26, 2018, at Glendale Lake. David Hurst/The Tribune-Democrat

The body of a fisherman was recovered on Saturday from Prince Gallitzin State Park’s lake more than two weeks after the man was reported missing, authorities said.

The body of Larry D. Gontero, 67, of Luthersburg, Clearfield County, was found at 5:55 p.m. floating on the surface near the center of the lake in 39 feet of water, Cambria County Coroner Jeffrey Lees said.

Park rangers found the body, he said.

“This has been a long, painstaking 16 days for this family,” Lees said. “This will give them some closure.”

Three dive teams were in the water on Saturday to help in the search.

Divers from Murrysville Medic 1, Monroeville and Shanksville were searching about 250 acres of the 1,600-acre lake, park manager Jessica Lavelua said earlier in the day.

Volunteer firefighters and others had been out patrolling the shoreline nearby in rafts and pontoon boats.

“We’ve had a lot of help from the nearby communities,” Lavelua said.

Family have told park officials the man did not wear a lifejacket when he fished and was not a skilled swimmer.

There have been several drownings in Glendale Lake in recent years, but it’s been well over a decade since a search of this magnitude, Lavelua said.

An autopsy is scheduled for Sunday at Forensic DX in Windber to determine the cause of death.

Patrick Buchnowski is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. He can be reached at 532-5061. Follow him on Twitter @PatBuchnowskiTD.