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Deputies: Body of a missing Wayne County man found in Erie Canal in Macedon

Updated: 07/17/2014 11:10 PM
Created: 07/17/2014 5:20 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

Wayne County Sheriff’s deputies say they found the body of a Macedon man, who had been missing since Sunday.

Investigators say 22-year-old James Zuber’s Chevy Malibu was found in the Erie Canal in Macedon and his body was found inside. 

Martha Zuber said she has done a lot of praying this week that her son would be found, but she never thought her prayers would be answered the way they were answered Thursday night.

Martha Zuber, James’s mother, said, "Now, at least we know where he is, because that was the worst part, not knowing."

James was Ron and Martha Zuber’s only child. They say he was very responsible and hard working so they didn’t think anything was wrong when he didn’t come home Sunday night after a weekend of hanging out with friends. 

Martha Zuber said, "When he didn't come on Sunday, we just assumed he was just down in Canandaigua with his friends."

Even though he hadn’t returned any text messages, there was still no worry until Tuesday when his job called looking for him. The Zubers called police. After two days of searching, the 22-year-old’s car was found submerged in the Erie Canal. It was only minutes away from home.

Martha Zuber said, “It's a road that he's driven all the time, taking back roads out in Canandaigua. Whether a deer ran out in front of him or he fell asleep. He was not one to drink and drive."

People who knew Zuber was missing came to watch as the authorities pulled his car out. The Zubers were praying that the car wasn’t their son’s.

Ron Zuber, James's dad, said, "He was a real good worker, a really good kid.  He would give a hand to anybody who asked. He was an all-around good young man."

Martha Zuber said, “I just feel that God gave us a beautiful angel for 22 years. Now he needed him back."

The Zubers say their son graduated from Pal-Mac High School and Finger Lakes Community College. He worked at TGI Fridays in Victor. They say their faith, their family and friends will help them cope with this tremendous loss. 





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