Missing Amsterdam man’s body found in Mohawk River

The body of an Amsterdam man reported missing since Friday was found in the Mohawk River on Monday.

At about 9:45 a.m., Amsterdam Police located the body of James H. Gardner, 71, in the water near Lock 11 on the New York State Canal system.

Detectives were present when Gardner’s body was recovered. Police said there are no signs of foul play observed in this investigation.

Assisting in the search were the Amsterdam Police Department, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police. Also deployed during that search were search and rescue K-9 units from New York State Fire. The State Police Water Recovery Team assisted with the use of sonar and the Albany County Fire Coordinator deployed their bloodhound K-9.

Boats, personnel and equipment were all put to use from the Amsterdam Fire Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, Emergency Management from Montgomery, Schoharie, and Fulton Counties, Schonowe Fire Company and the Rotterdam Junction Fire Department.