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Body Recovered from Lake Powell May Solve Old Mystery

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A body found in Lake Powell this week may have solved a 25-year-old missing persons case.

Police believe the remains are those of a man who fell off a boat back in August 1980.

Kane County Sheriff Lamont Smith said the body has NOT been positively identified yet. But he said the evidence points to the missing boater.

In August of 1980, Smith said the sheriff's office received a report of a man who fell into the lake's Wahweap Bay, near Page, Arizona. He said the boat's driver took a sharp turn and a man fell out of the boat. When the boat circled back, the man was gone.

The body was found on Tuesday by a group of boaters at Castle Rock, on the north side of Wahweap Bay.

Smith said the remains will be sent to the state medical examiner to confirm the identity of the body.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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