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New York State Police have released the identity of the man whose body was found late last month in the Hibiscus Harbor Marina in Union Springs. 

Trooper Mark O'Donnell said 64-year-old Thomas Baker, of Binghamton, had recently rented a boat slip at the marina when he was reported missing late July 26

At around 10:30 p.m., O'Donnell said, state police received notice that Baker had not been seen for more than 24 hours. Witnesses said he was last seen leaving a gathering around 4 a.m. July 25 and some said they heard a splash in the direction of Baker's boat at the time. 

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Upon further investigation, O'Donnell said witnesses told police that Baker had been drinking the night he disappeared. Cayuga Fire Department Water Rescue was called to assist in the search. 

Roughly an hour later, O'Donnell said, troopers located Baker face down in approximately 7 feet of water roughly 30 yards from his boat. He was pronounced dead at the scene. 

On Wednesday, O'Donnell said the scene was consistent with an accidental drowning; however, the investigation is ongoing. 

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Staff writer Megan Blarr can be reached at (315) 282-2282 or megan.blarr@lee.net. Follow her on Twitter @CitizenBlarr. 

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