Body of missing teen found in Quemahoning Reservoir
QUEMEHONING, Pa. (WJAC) -- After a five-day search at the Quemahoning Reservoir, crews have recovered the body of 18-year old Joey Dubics.
Somerset County Coroner Wallace Miller said at about 3:50 p.m, crews recovered the teen's body from the reservoir.
Scalp Level Deputy Fire Chief David Boyer said crews used three side scan sonars, and a team from West Virginia with side scan sonar and submersible sonar. A remotely operated underwater vehicle, almost like a mini submarine, was also in use.
He said it was a team effort, requiring research of grid areas multiple times.
Boyer said Dubics was found in 74 feet of water by divers.
The search started on Monday when officials say Dubics was paddleboarding with two friends when and went into the water to retrieve his hat and sunglasses, but never resurfaced.
At times, more than 50 first responders were on the ground assisting in the search. Many of those same volunteers were also involved in the recovery effort of a missing fisherman at Prince Gallitzin State Park earlier this month.
“It's been a long week for us, and everybody's glad we can bring this to a resolve and bring this family closure,” Boyer said.
The Cambria/Somerset Authority chairman Jim Greco told 6 News the dam will reopen Monday.
A GoFundMe page has been started for the family.