Third boater's body found near Ontario shore

Body of Wooster fisherman found near Ontario lakeshore village KELLEYS ISLAND The body of the last missing fisherman f
JACOB LAMMERS
May 24, 2010

Body of Wooster fisherman found near Ontario lakeshore village

KELLEYS ISLAND

The body of the last missing fisherman from Wooster was recovered Thursday in Lake Erie near Erieau, Ontario.

The body of Christopher Crowner, 46, was found 30 miles northeast of Kelleys Island on a natural gas pipe that goes down to the lakebed.

Constable Aaron McPhail, media relations officer for the Ontario Provincial Police, said divers were working on the pipe when they came across Crowner's body about six nautical miles offshore.

He said the divers notified authorities who responded to the coordinates provided to them.

McPhail said the Ontario Provincial Police worked with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft to identify Crowner through dental records.

"At this point, I believe we're in the process of having the body taken back," he said, adding that his agency would not be conducting an investigation into Crowner's death.

Erieau, a fishing and resort village of about 500 people, sits on a spit of land off the northern shore of Lake Erie, almost directly across the lake from Cleveland. The ferry Pelee Islander was built there in 1961.

Crowner's body was the last of the three fishermen recovered. The trio left Vermilion for an overnight fishing trip near Kelleys Island during the Labor Day weekend and never returned.

The U.S. Coast Guard recovered the body of Cass Momchilov, 46, of Wooster two and half weeks ago.

Momchilov's body was recovered Sept. 4 on the northeast shore of Kelleys Island. A second fisherman, Daniel Crowner, 44, of Wooster was found Sunday, two miles north of Cleveland near Moss Point.

The U.S. Coast Guard is still investigating whether two life preservers and foam debris found Sept. 4 on a tugboat-barge combination are from the fishermen's boat.

The 505-foot barge was being pushed by a tug back to Cleveland after picking up a load of bottom rocks from the Kelleys Island quarry when the debris was discovered, Coast Guard officials said.