Man Found Dead in Lake Palmdale After Disappearing on Fishing Trip

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Robert Mercer is seen in a photo released Feb. 5, 2020, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.
Robert Mercer is seen in a photo released Feb. 5, 2020, by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

A missing man’s body was recovered from Lake Palmdale Thursday, a day after he vanished while on a fishing trip, officials said.

Robert Lewis Mercer, 34, originally checked out a small fishing vessel from the Palmdale Fin and Feather Club a little after 6 a.m. Wednesday, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Deputy Ronald Sneed.

By 9:40 a.m., he was reported missing, Sneed said.

“The workers here found an anchored boat with fishing gear inside of it, right next to the dock,” he said. “There was no boater inside of it.”

Crews immediately began searching, with the operation involving divers, sonar technology and aerial units. When those efforts were suspended around nightfall Wednesday, rescuers and scent dogs came in to search the area around the lake, officials said.

Sonar and dive efforts resumed early Thursday morning, and around 12:30 p.m. Lewis’ body was recovered from the lake, authorities said.

The remains were handed over to coroner’s officials, who were working to determine a manner and cause of death.

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