Police identify body found in Susquehanna River Sunday

Lancaster County police and coroner are investigating the death of a person found in the Susquehanna River near Klines Run Park in Lower Windsor Township, Sunday, May 19, 2019. 
John A. Pavoncello photo

Authorities have identified the man whose body was found in the Susquehanna River Sunday.

Manor Township Police Detective Tricia Mazur confirmed the man found Sunday, May 19, was 49-year-old Padam Rizal of the Harrisburg area.

Manor Township Police in Lancaster County said his body was discovered around 8:30 a.m. Sunday.

Padam Rizal. Photo courtesy of Susquehanna Township Police.

Even though York County emergency crews responded there Sunday, Lancaster County has jurisdiction over the river.

Messages left seeking additional information for Lancaster County Coroner Dr. Stephen Diamantoni at his office were not returned by 2:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23.

Susquehanna Township Police in Dauphin County reported Rizal missing on Feb. 22.

In a release from the department, police said he was expected to meet with his family on Feb. 21, but he did not arrive. 

Rizal's vehicle was found abandoned on the Interstate 83 bridge over the river about 1:30 a.m. Feb. 22.

Rizal served as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs. The commission, according to its website, ensures the state's government is accessible and accountable to Asian Pacific American communities in the state.

He was one of 30 volunteers appointed by the governor.

The website states Rizal and his family were subjected to ethnic cleansing and were expelled from Bhutan in 1990. Before coming to the United States, he lived in a refugee camp in Nepal, according to the site.

He also founded the Organization for the Hindu Religion and Culture in Harrisburg. On Wednesday, May 22, the organization said on its Facebook page that Rizal was a "dynamic leader" who was a role model to the community.

"He touched everyone that came into contact with him, and he will never be forgotten," the post reads in part.

— Reach Christopher Dornblaser at cdornblaser@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter at @YDDornblaser.