Search resumes for man gone missing from Greenwood Lake

After suspending the search for a man believed to have drowned in Greenwood Lake 16 days ago, investigators resumed their efforts on Monday.

Steven Zaicek, 39, of the Village of Greenwood Lake, N.Y., was last heard from by his wife around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14 when he made a cell phone call from his boat that he was reportedly taking out for its final spin of the year on the lake before winterizing it. Father to a 4-year-old boy, Zaicek has not been heard from since and is believed to have drowned. The search began that night and continued every day until being suspended for four days during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The West Milford Police Department along with New Jersey and New York state police, Greenwood Lake, N.Y. police, and Orange, Passaic and Westchester county sheriff's departments worked together in the search of the 7-mile-long lake that straddles the New Jersey-New York border. Dive teams and helicopters were also utilized.

On Tuesday, a dispatcher for the Greenwood Lake Police Department said that police patrols continued around the lake on Monday and Tuesday, but there was no search of the water. Sonar equipment had been used by investigators trying to locate Zaicek's body.

Today, Wednesday, the dispatcher said that police cadaver dogs would return to the scene to aid in the search. Cadaver dogs are trained in detecting the odor of decomposing bodies. The dogs' noses are so sensitive that they can even smell bodies that are under running water.

– Bryan La Placa

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