The Ontario County Sheriff''s Office and Canandaigua Police Department searched for James Wesley, 63, for nine hours. With no luck finding him, they'll be back at it first thing Saturday morning.
According to Canandaigua Police, a patrol officer came across belongings believed to be Wesley's on the south end of the city pier. His wallet, clothes, and keys but no sign of him. That's when they launched a search and a missing persons investigation.
"I can say that our efforts have been focused here on the lake. There's always hope that Mr. Wesley's not here at the lake obviously and that he is at some other location but we are following as many leads as we get," said Sgt. Scott Kadien, Canandaigua Police Department.
A dozen divers and several deputies with the Ontario County Sheriff's Office had two boats on the lake. They searched about 100 yards out from the pier's south end.
"The weather didn't really affect our search efforts. The weather was cold. The visibility was good and that's what's important," said Kadien.
Police say Wesley was last seen by a friend around 7 p.m. Thursday. They also say the pier is a place he often came to.
His family and friends asked for privacy. According to a loved one Wesley loved to swim, and being out on the water was one of his final wishes.
Police say they will be back on the lake to pick up search efforts at 7 a.m. Saturday.
"We have requested the State Police helicopter in the morning but that's weather dependent," said Kadien.
Plans are to search until Saturday evening for Wesley.
Police say they do not suspect foul play in this case.