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Woman's body found in Lake Arthur last night

April 12, 2018 News Extra

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Butler County's Water Rescue Team 300 at the edge of Lake Arthur.

MUDDY CREEK TWP — Divers and water rescue crews Wednesday evening recovered the body of a 42-year-old woman in Lake Arthur at Moraine State Park.

The death is not considered suspicious and authorities believe the woman apparently committed suicide. Authorities did not released her name.

Butler County Coroner William Young III pronounced her dead after rescuers returned the body to shore shortly before 7 p.m.

When contacted by telephone Thursday morning, Young said an autopsy was not planned.

Park officials were alerted about 4:30 p.m., after the woman's sister called 911 saying the woman had left a possible suicide note at the caller's home in Penn Township.

Rangers found the woman's Subaru at the Pleasant Valley non-motorized boat launch on the park's South Shore, said Dustin Drew, park manager.

The unoccupied vehicle was locked and there was no sign of the kayak.

Park employees conducted a quick canvass around the Pleasant Valley boat launch, and eventually called in the Unionville Volunteer Fire Department's dive team and Butler County's Water Rescue Team 300.

Read the full story in Friday's Butler Eagle.

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Jim Smith

Jim Smith

Grew up in upstate New York. Earned my Journalism degree in 1983 from the University of Texas at Austin. Worked for two newspapers in Fayette County (Pa.) before starting at the Butler Eagle in 1998.