A search of the Susquehanna River for two missing boaters is expected to resume today after poor weather conditions on Tuesday hampered efforts.

Mark Sowers, chief of Hellam Township Police, said crews are looking for Elizabeth Dorsaneo of Thorndale, Chester County, and her "on-again, off-again" boyfriend.

The pair are believed to have ventured out onto the river on Thursday, which Dorsaneo took as a vacation day from work.

But when she didn't report back to work and to an engagement on Friday, her family reported her missing, he said.

"That was out of character (for her)," Sowers said.

Police did not release the name of the man, who lives in the township, and he has not been reported missing.

Sowers said he doesn't believe Dorsaneo or the man are in danger or have been harmed.

"At this point she's just missing," he said.

Truck found: Police found a pickup truck with an empty boat trailer belonging the man at a public boat launch in Lower Windsor Township.

A witness reported seeing two people get out of the truck about 5:30 p.m. Thursday and launch a boat that headed north on the river, Sowers said.

Police searched areas along the river, as well as an island where the man is known to camp, to no avail, the chief said.

The man also has acquaintances that own islands but the pair weren't on them, Sowers said.


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Search and rescue crews from York and Lancaster counties attempted to search the river Tuesday afternoon but fog and snow put a halt to it before boats were launched, said Charles Taglieri, deputy chief of Lake Clarke River Rescue.

Two boats from Lancaster County were sent to the scene about 1 p.m. Tuesday to aid in the search, according to a Lancaster County 911 spokeswoman.

"It's foggy as all get out," he said.

- Reach Greg Gross at ggross@yorkdispatch.com.