Missing Man from Yorktown Group Home Found Dead in Reservoir


A 34-year-old man who was reported missing from a group home in Yorktown was found dead Wednesday morning in the Croton Reservoir.

Steven Lorenz, who suffered from schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder, was reported missing Monday by supervisors at St. Jude Habilitation Institute group home, where he resided. Yorktown police received a call at 10:12 a.m. Wednesday from someone reporting an apparent deceased person submerged along the shoreline of the reservoir.

Police responded to the scene, and with the assistance of the New York City Department of Environmental Protection, confirmed the person was a Caucasian male. DEP scuba divers retrieved the person and St. Jude personnel identified him as Lorenz. Police noted recovery efforts were hampered by the remoteness of the area and the steepness of the terrain.

No foul play is suspected and an autopsy is being performed by the Westchester Medical Examiner to determine the cause of death, which reportedly may have been the result of a fall.

Meanwhile, in an unrelated case, Peekskill police identified a man found dead in a creek near Park Street Tuesday as a 38-year-old native of Guatemala staying in the area.

Police are attempting to contact the man’s family in Guatemala before they make his identity public. Reportedly, he had been working in the area as a day laborer,

The man was found around 11 a.m. by a pedestrian walking near the creek. There were no obvious signs of foul play.