UPDATE: Divers Recover Body of Girl Presumed Drowned at Newton Lake

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GREENFIELD TOWNSHIP -- Dive teams have recovered the body of teen presumed to have drowned after falling from a boat Tuesday in Lackawanna County, according to the county coroner.

The coroner said the body of Leah Loomis, 17, of the Carbondale area, was recovered by divers at 12:10 p.m.

As many as 25 divers searched Newton Lake for hours over the past two days knowing that they would eventually have to deliver tragic news.

Just after noon Wednesday, dive teams discovered the teen's body.

Right after the sun came up on day two of their search, members of seven dive teams from as far away as Schuylkill County were back out on Newton Lake outside Carbondale. They scoured the bottom searching for news none of them wanted to deliver.

Clifford Township and Greenfield Township led the search efforts. Officials say sonar technology helped them, but it was an underwater camera belonging to one of the dive teams that ultimately led them to the body.

"We had several different locations being reported to us by folks who were on the shore,"  said Clifford Township Assistant Chief Dan O'Rourke. "The most difficult part of the recovery was taking every one of those reports and eliminating them."

Friends and family of Leah Loomis waited by the shore for two days until her body was discovered.

The Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission will now investigate how she fell from a boat into the water.

Natalie Fedorovsky from Philadelphia is vacationing on Newton Lake this week and watched in tears as the dive teams searched.

"At least we were praying so we could find her, so at least they can say goodbye to their daughter. It's so sad. I'm sorry," Fedorovsky said.

Federovsky has a 16-year-old daughter leading her to imagine the unimaginable.

"Well, I guess we don't know when it's going to happen and how it's going to happen. It's not up to us. It's up to Him."

Friends of Leah Loomis plan to meet for a candlelight vigil Thursday night at Newton Lake to remember her and help the family heal.

Loomis was a senior at Lakeland High School. Administrators from the Lakeland School District sent out a tweet saying grief counselors are available to students.


  • Mike Hunt

    Lost a 17 year old dear friend to a drunk driver the August prior to our senior year, back in 1984. Worse yet, her father and uncle were the first responders on the scene. Pick up truck was mangled beyond recognition and she was decapitated upon impact. Will never forget her mother’s anguish and stare. Haunts us to this day and for the rest our lives. Will never forget her kindness, her face and will never forget her voice. 17 is too young and it’s not supposed to happen. I miss her 33 years later and think about the happy times we shared.

  • Curious

    Why wasn’t it reported who else was in the boat, why they skipped school and if they were intoxicated?

  • Curious

    Why isn’t it being reported who else was in the boat, if they were intoxicated & why they weren’t in school?

  • 🙄

    It’s pretty pathetic that people would actually give a thumbs down on these comments. If you don’t like the fact that people are praying or saying Good bless the family, then don’t read them. That’s usually what people do is send prayers to a family after a tragedy like this.

  • 🙄

    I’m glad they found her and I’m sad this young lady died. Lots of prayers going out to the family and friends. May she R.I.P.

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