LITTLE FALLS, N.Y. -- A body was discovered in the Barge Canal in Little Falls. The body of a white male was spotted around 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning just west of Lock 17.

It was found by a canal corporation employee, and identified as 48-year-old Ernest C. Hoke Jr. of Herkimer.

The body was removed from the water and officials are waiting on autopsy results.

Anyone with information about this case or who may have seen Hoke in the past few days is being asked to contact state police in Herkimer at (315) 866-7275.