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Report ID# 3866

  • Flush Drowning
  • Does not Apply
  • High Water

Accident Description

Body of Lebanon teen found in Susquehanna after canoeing trip

Updated: Monday, May 26 2014

by: Rachel Snody (

The Centre County Coroner says the body of a missing Lebanon County teenager was found in the Susquehanna River on Sunday. The body of Curtis E. Martin, 19, of Lebanon, was found in the West Branch of the Susquehanna in Burnside Township, Centre County. Martin was reported missing last Sunday the canoe he was riding in flipped over near Rolling Stone Bridge in Clearfield County. Martin was on a canoeing trip when the incident happened. Another person who was in the canoe with Martin was able to swim to shore after it flipped over. The coroner says an autopsy has been completed but cause of death is pending toxicology results.

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Updated: Monday, May 26 2014, 03:57 PM EDT

By: Marc Stempka WJAC News

BURNSIDE TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Investigators in Centre County have released the name of the man found dead in the Susquehanna River on Sunday. Centre County Coroner Scott Sayers said Curtis E. Martin, 19, of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, was found just after 11 a.m. in the Susquehanna River in Burnside Township. Sayers said an autopsy was performed on Martin's body, but is awaiting toxicology reports before determining a cause of death. Those can take up to six weeks. Martin was reported missing May 17 from the Karthaus area of Clearfield County after he and another man jumped out of a canoe because it was heading toward a rock, according to officials. Search crews from Clearfield and Centre counties had been conducting searches for Martin's body over the past week. Crews utilized water, land and air searches. Officials said Martin was canoeing in the river as part of a trip that was organized by his church.

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Body of Lebanon County canoeist found in Susquehanna River after numerous searches


The body of a young Lebanon County man was found about nine miles from where his canoe capsized May 17 in the West Branch of the Susquehanna River, said the Centre County coroner.

The cause of death of Curtis E. Martin, 19, has not been determined for certain, said Coroner Scott Sayers. "We are leaning toward drowning," he said. An autopsy was done and toxicological testing is under way, but results could take four to six weeks, he said.

Martin was spotted in the river in a rural part of Burnside Township by a railroad worker on a bridge, and also a driver, Sayers said. The coroner was called to the scene about 1:45 p.m. Sunday.

Sayers said he understands another person was in the canoe with Martin when it overturned, who was able to get to shore. The river was running high and swift after heavy rain that weekend, Sayers said, and the canoe party was in an area without cell phone service.

After the others in the party were able to reach emergency responders, water searches were conducted May 17-20, and a watch was being kept on the river for the missing boater, Sayers said.


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