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Crews search Lake Arthur for missing man

| Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012, 2:34 p.m.

Divers searched Lake Arthur on Saturday for a missing man from Prospect, said Dan Bickel, manager of Moraine State Park.

Brian Cornetti, 54, arrived about 10 p.m. Friday to hunt raccoons in the Butler County park, Bickel said. Cornetti typically takes a hunting dog in a fishing boat and tries to spot raccoons along the shore, Bickel said.

About 8 a.m. Saturday, a park volunteer spotted Cornetti's 12-foot aluminium fishing boat on the water, having drifted — unoccupied — across the lake.

“His boat possibly got away from him in the wind last night,” Bickel said. “Maybe he tried to retrieve it.”

Cornetti's truck and trailer remained at a boat launch off state Route 528, he said. A pile of clothes rested beside the vehicles, he added.

A search began about 8:10 a.m. and was continuing as of 2 p.m. State parks officials, state police, the state Fish and Boat Commission and fire companies from Greensburg, Prospect and Unionville participated in the search, Bickel said.

Rescuers scoured about one square mile, focusing on areas around the boat launch and nearby shore, he said. Lake Arthur covers 3,225 acres and averages 10 feet in depth in the park.

“Sonar is our best tool at this point,” Bickel said.

Adam Smeltz is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-380-5676 or asmeltz@tribweb.com.

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