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Search Continues for Cornell Senior

Written By: Tanja Rekhi
Search Continues for Cornell Senior

INTERLAKEN (WENY)--- Search efforts continue Monday for the missing Cornell student, Christopher Dennis. The family of the Cornell Senior says search efforts will wrap-up at 1PM, followed by a memorial at 5PM.

The 22-year-old hasn't been seen since early Wednesday. We're told Dennis took a canoe out onto the lake sometime between 4 and 5 in the morning. His friends found the boat capsized in the lake later in the day.         

The search for Dennis continues until 1 Monday afternoon. Chris's family planned a memorial at 5 today. The memorial is at North Pavilion at Taughannock Falls State Park.

For more information and updates: http://searchforchrisdennis.wordpress.com/

 

INTERLAKEN -- (WENY)  Friends fear the worst, but continue to hope for the best in the disappearance of 22-year-old Christopher Dennis. Before night fell, divers wearing scuba gear were seen going into the water.
     Meanwhile, police, friends and family were combing the woods and neighborhoods hoping to find Dennis alive. He took a canoe out on Cayuga lake in the pre-dawn hours of Wednesday morning. That canoe was found capsized on the lake hours later, but no sign of Chris Dennis since.
     Dennis is supposed to graduate this weekend from Cornell University. Friends say he had plans to go to Chicago and Iowa for a film project this summer.
    "He was supposed to walk this weekend, I'm not sure if I'm supposed to say he was supposed to walk or is supposed to walk. We are still looking for him and we still hope we find him," says Mona Aditya, his housemate.
     Instead, police, friends, and family are spending all weekend looking for him instead of celebrating because his canoe cap-sized on Cayuga Lake yesterday and he is no where to be found.
     "It's impossible to know if there was an unfortunate incident or accident and where that might have occurred so it's a generalized area now that we're trying to search," says Seneca County Sheriff, Jack Stenberg.

          Police are using sonar equipment and cameras in the water. His friends are searching the woods around the area and knocking on doors, hoping someone found him.
      Friends described Christopher Dennis as adventurous that's why they say they weren't worried when he went canoeing by himself.
     "He was a very adventurous guy that kind of gives us hope," says Aditya. "He also had taken trip by himself in the past and he has great strength and flexibility so it's kind of unbelievable to us that something like this could happen."
      The search is scheduled to last through the memorial day weekend into Monday. Nobody is giving up hope of finding Chris Dennis alive.
      "There's always a possibility, I would never wish against hope, but that would be great. that would be a wonderful thing if that could happen," says Sheriff Stenberg.
      Police will continue their search until Monday if necessary. People who want to help the land search can come to Sheldrake point in Interlaken tomorrow morning.