SYLVAN BEACH, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – Oneida County Sheriffs are investigating a death that occurred on Oneida Lake on Monday, August 21.

Sheriffs with both the Road and Marine Patrols were called to the location on Oneida Lake at approximately 12:35 Monday afternoon. Upon arrival, they found a small aluminum boat drifting near the shoreline. Police say they did not know if the boat was occupied upon arrival. A search of the water was conducted with the assistance of the Sylvan Beach and Cleveland Fire Departments.

Deputies were then able to locate a body in the water, later identified as 62-year-old David Brown of Oneida. Brown was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say Brown was not wearing a life jacket when he was found, and he was taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for an Autopsy.

The investigation is ongoing. We will provide more information as it becomes available.