Police confirm identity of body found near lake

Frank Wlosinski / file photo

Authorities have confirmed that a body found on the shore of Onondaga Lake is a man missing since early January.

A State Police spokesman says that the body found Tuesday morning along the west shore of Onondaga Lake is 74-year-old Frank Wlosinski of Camillus.

Police say the retired Syracuse firefighter was last seen the afternoon of January 2, when he left his daughter's home in Camillus. His identification, checkbook and other personal items were found at a local church a couple of days later.

Wlosinski's family has told CNY Central Tuesday evening that they were positive that the body found Tuesday was his.

Police say there will be an autopsy to determine the cause of Wlosinski's death.

Original Story:

A body found floating along the shore of Onondaga Lake Tuesday morning could be that of a Camillus man missing since January.

According to police reports, Onondaga County 911 received a call around 10:30 a.m. from cleanup workers notifying them of a human body floating along the western shore of Onondaga Lake, near the State Fairgrounds exit of Interstate 690.

The family of 74-year-old Frank S. Wlosinski says that police investigators have told them that it is likely that the body is his. He has been missing since January 2, when he was involved in a minor car accident on West Genesee Street in Fairmount, then vanished.

Personnel from the New York State Police, Geddes Police, and the Onondaga County District Attorney TMs Office responded to the scene along with crews from the Solvay and Lakeside Fire Departments. The firefighters donned wetsuits and retrieved the decomposing body from the water along the shore, and police say that it appears that the body had been in the water for a while.

Police have not yet released any identification, but say the body is of a caucasian male wearing tan-colored pants and a dark-colored winter jacket. They say they do not suspect foul play, but are checking missing persons lists.

The body was sent to the Onondaga County Medical Examiner TMs office for analysis. Results are not expected until Wednesday.

Several of Wlosinski's personal items, including his identification, were found a couple of days later near Sacred Heart Church in Syracuse.

"He didn't have his license, or registration or anything. He panicked, and came home and didn't find my parents and took off on foot. He was wearing dress shoes, khaki pants, and a green jacket. He didn't have boots, a hat, gloves or anything like that so it's important we find him quickly," said Wlosinski's granddaughter Jessica Dixon on January 6.

Family members had said previously that Wlosinski suffered from slight dementia.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.