PLATTSBURGH — A body found in Lake Champlain Monday is likely that of Francine Marcel, who went missing in early November 2010.

“We’ve notified the family,” said New York State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation Capt. Robert LaFountain.

The investigation was preliminary, he said, but “physical descriptors and clothing” indicate this is the missing woman.

A fisherman found the body floating in the middle of Lake Champlain on Monday. Vermont State Police were called to respond, and New York State Police were assisting with the investigation.

Marcel, 56, was last seen Nov. 2. She had gone to a camp owned by her family on Miranda Drive on Point au Roche in the Town of Beekmantown to close it up for the winter and failed to return.

When family went there to look for the Morrisonville woman, they found her car still there and her green Old Towne canoe and life vest gone.

An intense search of the lake ensued for signs of Marcel or her canoe, aided by an underwater recovery team using sonar to probe the lake’s depths, a helicopter and several search vessels.

The family renewed its pleas for assistance from the public once the spring thaw set in.

LaFountain said the remains were taken to the bridge between North Hero and Grand Isle in the Champlain Islands in Vermont, where a medical examiner would help determine the woman’s identity.

Official word might not come until Tuesday, LaFountain said.

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