Police and volunteer firefighters spent several hours Thursday dragging part of Chautauqua Lake in a continuing investigation into the June 8 disappearance of a Lakewood woman.
Lori Ceci Bova, 26, reportedly disappeared after a domestic quarrel. Her family mounted a massive search in an effort to find her, but it has so far been unsuccessful.
On Monday, a fisherman made a grim discovery on Chautauqua Lake, reeling in what was reported to be a clump of long human hair.
The find prompted Chautauqua County Sheriff's Department divers to search the water off the marina at Long Point State Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, although officers at the time called the diving sessions a drill.
On Thursday, a dragging operation began. Crews used long ropes with hooks on the end to drag the bottom of the lake.
Lakewood Busti Police Chief James Young spent the day on the water with the recovery teams.
"The (Lori Ceci Bova) case is still considered a missing-person case at this point," he said. "But we are investigating whether the materials found earlier are related to our case. We won't know until we get that identified, though we are following up on everything we can."
District Attorney James Subjack said the clump of hair and other items found this week will be sent to the New York State Police Crime Lab in Albany this weekend.
"There are two types of DNA testing the state police will do, and a third which has to be done by the FBI," Subjack said.
He added that Mrs. Bova's family had been notified and was being kept up to date on the operation.
Six boats were involved in the dragging operation, which was called off shortly before 3 p.m., partly because of choppy water.