POUGHKEEPSIE – On July 26, 2018 at approximately 8 a.m., the Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office resumed the search for the 49-year-old Paul P. Moschitta of Poughkeepsie who went missing in the Hudson River on Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
On Thursday, Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol Officers conducted surface searches while the Dutchess County Regional Underwater Search and Recovery Team continued the underwater search for the missing man.
The Dutchess and Ulster County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police have conducted an expansive underwater search of the area by deploying both sonar technology and police scuba divers.
As of 2 p.m. today, the underwater search for the missing man utilizing police scuba divers is being suspended.
The Dutchess County Regional Underwater Search and Recovery Team spent two days searching in the river.
The tidal waters of the Hudson River Estuary, the contours of the river’s bottom and various underwater obstructions all impact the currents and make every underwater search mission a unique challenge for the search teams.
A decision to redeploy divers will be made if new data is developed from additional sonar searches.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office Marine Patrol will continue to conduct surface searches and underwater sonar searches for the missing man until 7:00pm tonight.
The search will resume again tomorrow and is expected to last until Sunday.
Marine Patrol Officers will be incorporating area search patterns into their regularly scheduled weekend patrols on the Hudson River.
A New York State Park Police Marine Unit will be assisting the Sheriff’s Office with the search on Friday.
The Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office will continue to assist the City of Poughkeepsie Police with their investigation.