(WBRE/WYOU-TV) Search crews were back out on the Susquehanna River today in Wyoming County searching for a suspected murder victim. Crews battled not only the cold weather but ice on the water in their efforts to find Haley Lorenzen. Eyewitness News Reporter Eric Deabill has our story.
Members of the New York State Police underwater recovery team along with the Pennsylvania State Police Marine Unit spent Wednesday afternoon along the Susquehanna River in Falls Township.
Crews used airboats to navigate the cold, icy water looking to find the body of Haley Lorenzen, which crews believe is in this water.
“Honestly, it makes me sick and just to have something like this happen to a young girl and we hope for the best to get closure for the family, you know?” Said Todd Kinney, Centermoreland
The search brought out a number of curious onlookers, some who watched from the Falls Bridge.
Given the cold weather conditions, many were impressed by the crew’s efforts.
“I didn’t think they were going to do it but it’s awesome to see them out there and I wish I could do something for them because I’m sure they’re freezing too” Said Ashley Kinney, Factoryville.
Haley Lorenzen was reported missing late last year by Phillip Walters.
Police believe Walters killed her as part of a love triangle, then tied bags of rocks to Lorenzen’s body and dumped it in the river.
Crews first started searching the frigid water about two weeks ago.
So far, they have been unsuccessful.
Changing weather conditions have made the river search difficult but crews saw a window of opportunity Wednesday to try again.
“Our director of Emergency Management here in the county, he’s keeping an eye on everything day to day, river levels, projections in the future and we’re making hour-by-hour decisions about when we’re going to get teams together and get back out on the water” said Chief Edward Morristell, Tunkhannock Township Police Department,
Because of the weather and conditions, search crews wrapped up their efforts around 2:30 this afternoon.
At this point, they don’t yet know if they will be back out on the water tomorrow.