Officials identify body found floating near lock in Little Falls

LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Officials say a body was found floating by a lock in the city.

State Police say on June 30 at approximately 4:30 a.m., a canal structure operator for the New York State Canal Corporation observed a floating body at lock 17 in Little Falls.

The body was removed from the water and identified as 48-year-old Ernest Hoke Jr. from Herkimer. The body was then removed from the scene and transported to Little Falls hospital pending an autopsy.

If anyone has information about this case or who may have seen Mr. Hoke in the past few days they are asked to contact State Police in Herkimer at (315)-866-7275.

State Police were assisted at scene by the Little Falls Police Department, The Little Falls Fire Department and the New York State Canal Authority.

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