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Body found near Hemlock Lake identified as missing Penfield man

The body found near Hemlock Lake on Wednesday was confirmed to be that of missing Penfield man Nicholas Biermann, announced the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office on Monday, August 29.

Biermann, 32, was reported missing last Monday.

Police classified him as a missing vulnerable adult due to Biermann having previously suffered a traumatic brain injury.

The 32-year-old’s truck, wallet and phone were found near the North Hemlock Boat Launch on Tuesday, August 23.

On Wednesday, police say, a body was found in a nearby wooded area. Police canceled the search for Biermann the next day.

The cause of death remains under investigation, though police say foul play is not suspected in this case.



Wednesday, August 24: Body found amid search for missing 32-year-old near Hemlock Lake

Around 3 p.m. first responders found the remains of a deceased male in a wooded area where Nicholas Biermann’s vehicle was found.

Deputies said the area was approximately one mile south of the vehicle’s location. The remains were transported to the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office for identification and cause of death.


Monday, August 22: Search underway for missing 32-year-old in Ontario County

Authorities are searching for a missing 32-year-old, who went missing from the Penfield area on Monday.

According to first responders in Ontario County, Nicholas Biermann, 32, is a missing vulnerable adult with a traumatic brain injury.


They say he may be in need of medical attention. He was last seen driving a blue Ford F-150 pickup truck on Monday around 11:15 p.m. in Penfield.

He was wearing khaki pants and a blue t-shirt.

On Tuesday, the truck Biermann was in was seen at the South Hemlock Lake Boat Launch in Springwater, Ontario County around 10:40 a.m.

Nicholas was not with the vehicle, but his phone and wallet were left behind. Deputies say there’s no indication that he would have changed his clothing from the original description.


A search has been underway in the area since the afternoon hours around Hemlock Lake.

Anyone with information about Biermann’s whereabouts is asked to contact 911.



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