Officials: Body of Dearborn Hts. man, 59, found in Lake Erie

The body of a 59-year-old Dearborn Heights man who went missing while swimming in Lake Erie Sunday was found on Tuesday afternoon, Monroe County authorities said. 

The county Sheriff's Office Marine Division and Dive Team located and recovered the missing swimmer's body from the lake in the area of Sterling State Park.

The man has been identified as Ghaleb Assaf.

Monroe County Sheriff's deputies had been called at about 6:45 p.m. Sunday to Sterling State Park in Frenchtown Township for a report of a missing swimmer.

A 911 caller reported the swimmer disappeared in the water about 3/4 of a mile from shore.

Assaf was on a boat before getting into the water, the caller told police. Others who were also on the boat told authorities he never resurfaced. 

Frenchtown Township firefighters, the U.S. Coast Guard and Monroe County Sheriff's Office Marine Division and Dive Team were called and began a search. However, they were forced to suspend the search due to severe weather and dangerous lake conditions.

Officials said the search resumed Monday.

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