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January 2, 2014

Three die in separate area drownings


“He had a favorite hike that he took, stopping to enjoy the meadow, the river, the woods and the lake,” McKay said. Taub had picked up the dogs at about 3 p.m. Monday, she said, and when she returned to her Oneonta home from dinner with friends, Taub hadn’t dropped off the dogs, and she called authorities.

“I was very worried,” McKay, a SUNY Oneonta professor in the education department, said. “He was a gracious and gentle man and his presence will be greatly missed.”

In the town of Harpersfield on Tuesday, Mullin said, an acquaintance of the Landess couple had stopped by their home at 290 Quaker Hill at about 3 p.m. to give them a ride but couldn’t locate them.

Troopers initiated a search, Mullin said, state police dive team members recovered Landess’s body at about 11:30 p.m.

The search was called off at about 2 a.m. Wednesday for the team to rest and replenish oxygen, and after resuming efforts at about 10 a.m., the body of the dog was recovered, Mullin said, and the wife’s body was recovered at about 1 p.m. Wednesday.

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