COPAKE FALLS—The body of a Dutchess County man was recovered from the fast moving water of the Bash Bish Brook early June 24 after he was reported missing the night before.
Late Thursday, June 25, officials said that an autopsy revealed that Royal Sherow, 79, of Poughkeepsie, drowned to death. Mr. Sherow was fishing with others in the brook within the Taconic State Park, Tuesday, June 23, according to a press release from State Park Police.
At some point, Mr. Sherow became separated from the group. A member of his fishing party began looking for him around 5 p.m.
Taconic State Park Manager Ray Doherty was notified that Mr. Sherow was missing at 8:30 p.m., he then called State Park Police.
Park Police and Taconic State Park Search and Rescue Team members immediately began a search for Mr. Sherow, which continued until 2 a.m. Wednesday, June 24, when it was suspended due to hazardous conditions.
The search resumed at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
Mr. Sherow’s body was found in the Bash Bish Brook about 75 feet downstream from where searchers found his fishing rod.
Copake firefighters were called in to recover the man’s body from the rushing water.
The body was taken to St. Peters Hospital in Albany for an autopsy.
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