WALLKILL, N.Y. – Police divers with chain saws have cut holes through the ice of an upstate lake and slipped in to search for the body of a missing Brooklyn woman.
They have found only a shotgun, which state police Lt. Brian Shortall says is not related to the case of Laura Garza. Garza has been missing since leaving a Manhattan club three weeks ago with Michael Mele, now the principal suspect in her disappearance.
The 23-year-old Mele, of Wallkill, is jailed on probation violations and has not been charged in the Garza case.
The dive into frigid Echo Lake, on the border of the towns of Wawayanada and Goshen, was not based on a specific tip but on the lake's proximity to Mele's home, officials said.
Mele's apartment was also searched Tuesday.