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Search for missing boater continues; friends speak out

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Jun 03 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jun 04 2013 06:31:43 PM CDT

Friends are sharing their memories of Cody Moyer and Jonny Velez.

Search crews put boats back in the Susquehanna River on Tuesday as they try to find a Berks County man who was on a boat that capsized Saturday.

The boat overturned in Peach Bottom Twp., York Co., near the border between Pennsylvania and Maryland.

The man who's missing is 21-year-old Jonny Velez. of Muhlenberg Township.

The body of 20-year-old Cody Moyer, of Laureldale, was found Monday.

Friends of the two men shared their memories of Moyer and Velez on Tuesday.

"Me, Jonny, Cody, Austin, all of us, we were always inseparable. We always hung out," said Charles Sullivan, of Fleetwood. "It's just really really a shame that they're gone. I haven't been able to cope very well. I'm sort of empty. I'm lost without them. I don't know what to do."

He's not the only one.  Sarah Lombardo is also lost. 

"I knew he was going on the trip because I asked him to come over, feel her kick, because she's been kicking recently. He said I will when I get back, and he never came back," said Lombardo.

All she has are notes and photos.  

"I love you with all my heart and I can't wait to change your last name," she read from a love letter. "That's while we were engaged."

Lombardo said they broke up in April but started talking again a week ago.

"I wouldn't have said yes if I didn't love him, and he's the father of my daughter, so obviously I'm going to love him until the day I die," said Lombardo.

Their daughter is due in October.

"Kinslee is going to be Moyer," said Lombardo.

She's said it's as if Kinslee knew Saturday night something happened to Cody.

"When we went up there, she was kicking really hard to the point I was bent over holding my stomach. I knew something was wrong," said Lombardo.

After Moyer found, they held a vigil Monday night. Now, they are looking for signs about what happened to Velez.

"I hope they find Jonny. I still have hope written on my hand," said Lombardo.

She also has hopes for the future.

"I want to know how she's going to live without a father, not ever meeting him," said Lombardo. "She's going to know that he loved her very much called her his angel."