Drowning – Mays Point Town of Tyre

The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Fri 8/23/19 at about 9pm  Deputies responded to a missing person complaint .  Deputies were alerted when 2 individuals failed to return from a fishing trip. When Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the scene at an area off of South Mays Point Road in the Town of Tyre , they found the vehicle , personal property and fishing equipment .  Deputies and investigators  conducted a search of the area and found personal items in the water as well. The Sheriff’s K9 unit was on scene and the NYSP Helicopter assisted with an aerial search .   Sheriff Tim Luce  suspended the search after 11pm and resumed the search early this morning utilizing the Sheriff’s Office Dive team.  Sheriff Luce reports that shortly before 9am this morning , divers recovered the bodies of Christoph Jones age 5 of 48 North Fulton St Auburn NY , and Essie M Hall age 81 of Rt 90 Cayuga NY .  Deputies report that Hall was a close family friend who enjoyed spending time with Christoph and taking him fishing . Both were pronounced dead at the scene by Seneca County Coroner Wade Morabito .  Investigators believe that the pair slipped off the bank into the water , no foul play is suspected but the case remains under investigation. Deputies were assisted by the NYSP , Auburn PD and the canal corporation.