Crews search for the body of Wrightsville-area resident Robert Brennan on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (Photo by Greg Gross)
Crews search for the body of Wrightsville-area resident Robert Brennan on Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. (Photo by Greg Gross)

An autopsy has been completed on a the body of a man found Tuesday afternoon in the Susquehanna River, but his identity has not yet been confirmed.

"We're still working on identifying the remains," said Dr. Stephen Diamantoni, the Lancaster County coroner.

The body of the middle-aged man was found by a boater Tuesday afternoon in the river near Long Level Marina, about 300 feet off the York County shore, officials said.

An autopsy Wednesday morning determined the man died of freshwater drowning, according to Diamantoni, who has ruled the death accidental.

The body had been in the water for a number of days, perhaps between two and four, he said.

Searchers combed the air by boat, air and land between Sunday and Tuesday, searching for 63-year-old Robert Brennan of the Wrightsville area, Susquehanna Regional Police Lt. Stephen Englert has said.

The background: Brennan went missing about 3 p.m. Sunday when the canoe he, his wife and their dog were in overturned near Shock Mill Bridge, a railroad bridge over the river. It is not far from the Riverfront Park boat launch, near Marietta.

Brennan's wife and dog were found safe, and she was treated at the scene by medics.

Brennan and his wife weren't wearing life vests, officials said.

The canoe was later found downstream from the park with a life vest and Brennan's wallet inside, officials said.


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Diamantoni said his office is trying to find dental records for Brennan to aid in determining whether the body found Tuesday is his.

If no records are found, the coroner's office will need to undertake more costly and time-consuming measures to identify the body, Diamantoni confirmed. That could include DNA testing.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.