May 21, 2013

Cornell Student Reported Missing After Canoe Outing on Cayuga Lake

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Updated Thursday afternoon with information about joining search efforts

Christopher Dennis ’13 was reported missing Wednesday after separating from friends to canoe alone on Cayuga Lake at around 5 a.m. that day. Seneca County officials and Cornell students are continuing to search for Dennis, whose canoe was found overturned in the middle of the lake.

Earlier this week, Dennis — a 22-year-old Ithaca resident and a Sun videographer — was camping with friends in Trumansburg, north of Taughannock State Park, according to an email sent by Danfung Dennis, Dennis’ brother, to members of the Cornell community.

At about 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Dennis left the campsite alone with a canoe. When he did not return to the campsite later that day, his friends looked for him, found his canoe overturned in Cayuga Lake and called police.

Throughout Wednesday, police searched both shores of Cayuga Lake by plane, boat and on foot while volunteers searched the shore around Sheldrake Point, where Dennis’ canoe was seen, according to a flyer compiled by organizers of the search. On Thursday, volunteers gathered starting from 5 a.m. to resume the search.

According to the flyer, Dennis was last seen wearing blue and red shorts and no shirt. He is approximately 5’7”, has black hair and brown eyes, and was described as having a lean build in the flyer.

Those interested in assisting search efforts can view up-to-date information on a public Google doc:

Original Author: Sun Staff