Body found in central Pennsylvania river identified as that of teenager missing since December

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LANCASTER, Pennsylvania — A body pulled from a central Pennsylvania river has been identified as that of a teenager who went missing more than three months ago.

Authorities in Lancaster County said the body was found Monday morning near the York Haven hydroelectric power station.

Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, the county coroner, said an autopsy Tuesday confirmed that the body is that of 17-year-old Medard Kowalski Jr. of New Cumberland.

The Cedar Cliff High School junior disappeared Dec. 1 after setting out on a canoe with plans to hunt deer on Hoak Island near the Army depot in New Cumberland.

His canoe, an oar and his cellphone and backpack were found during the first week of the search.

Diamantoni said Kowalski died of freshwater drowning, and he ruled the death an accident.

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