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Coroner: Body of missing Lorain County 20-year-old pulled from Lake Erie

Nathan Orona was last seen on February 4, according to officials.

CLEVELAND — Editor's note: the video in the player above is from a story published on March 7, 2021. 

The body of a 20-year-old missing for nearly two months was pulled from Lake Erie today, according to the Lorain County Coroner's Office. 

Officials confirmed to 3News that the body recovered from the water is that of Nathan Orona, who was originally reported missing from Lorain County on February 1. At this time, there is still no sign of Orona's friend who also disappeared on Feb. 1, Alaina "Alice" Camacho. 

The Lorain County Coroner on Sunday said that a call came in around 11:06 a.m. from a fisherman near the Hot Waters boat launch, telling dispatch he saw a floating body in the lake. 

Officials, assisted by the United States Coast Guard, were able to retrieve the body and identify it as the missing 20-year-old. 

Dr. Frank Miller at the Lorain County Coroner's Office told 3News that an investigation is underway, and an autopsy will be conducted tomorrow. 

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Nathan and Alice were seen last seen at the Sheffield Estates on Oneil Boulevard, where Nathan lived. They left in Alice’s car, a gold 2004 Honda Accord.

Earlier this month, 3News spoke with Nathan's mother, Evelyn Orona, who thanked the hundreds of volunteers and community members who continued to look for her son more than a month after his disappearance. 

"I’m thankful and grateful for all of these people, the community especially, for helping and supporting us," said Evelyn, adding they will not give up. "We love them, we're praying, and we're going to persevere, and Nathan, we're not going to stop, Papi. We"re going to come and we're going to come for you." 

This is a developing story. Check back with 3News for updates. 

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Editor's note: the video in the player below is from a story published on March 7, 2021.

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