LAKE RONKONKOMA, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — The search for a missing kayaker continues nearly a week after he went missing on Long Island.
Searchers are now using police dogs and a sophisticated underwater camera to try to locate 40-year-old Kevin Conley, who disappeared in Lake Ronkonkoma last Thursday, WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs reported.
Several beachgoers heard Conley’s calls for help and tried to get to him, but the Sound Beach man disappeared under the water and never resurfaced, CBS 2 reported last week.
Police found a backpack they believed to belong to Conley. It had narcotics and alcohol inside, and it was suspected that he might have been under the influence, officials told CBS 2’s Jessica Schneider lat week.
Police also found the kayak, which had a hole in it, officials said. Conley’s father said his son knew the kayak had a hole in it, 1010 WINS reported.
Local residents have been gathering at Long Island’s largest fresh water lake, assisting in the visual search for the missing kayaker.
“I’m just hoping that they do recover him so that his family can put him to rest,” a woman said.
“It bothers you, I’m trying to find this guy myself,” a man said.
Conley’s father said his son was dying from Huntington’s disease at the time of his disappearance, had no experience with kayaking and was not a very good swimmer.
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