Man found dead in water at Prince Gallitzin State Park

Coroner says death is not suspicious at this point

An elderly man was found dead Wednesday afternoon floating in the water at Cambria County’s Prince Gallitzin State Park, officials confirmed.

The man, whose identity was not revealed, was discovered floating face-down about 10 feet from the shore, Cambria County Coroner Jeff Lees said.

The body was found by boaters, who called 911, he said.

A Cambria County 911 dispatcher said a water-rescue call from the Patton-area park was received about 2:53 p.m.

Lees said he was called to the park about 3:30. The man was pronounced dead at the scene.

“I confirmed that nothing is suspicious at this point,” he said, noting state police officers are aiding in an investigation.

An autopsy is to be conducted today, Lees said, explaining he will then be able to determine the cause and manner of death. The man’s identity also likely will be revealed today, he said.

Shortly before 4 p.m., park manager Jessica Lavelua provided additional details, explaining the body was found near the Wyerough boat mooring area.

“Unfortunately, there was a fatality at one of the boat launch areas,” she said.

The boat launch, she said, is off of Beaver Valley Road.

Patton Ambulance, as well as other emergency responders from Cambria, Clearfield and Blair counties, offered assistance at the park, Cambria County 911 dispatchers confirmed.

The park remained open to visitors, but the Wyerough boat mooring area was temporarily closed following the Wednesday incident, Lavelua said.