By CBS3 Staff

READING, Pa. (CBS/AP) — A 23-year-old man fleeing police in eastern Pennsylvania after a shoplifting report went into the water of a nearby flooded quarry, disappeared and was found dead a day later, authorities said.

Police in Muhlenberg Township said the suspect ran from officers investigating a shoplifting report Friday morning at a Target store.

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He got into the fenced-off former Berks Products Quarry in the township and went missing in the frigid water, police said.

A search was called off Friday evening due to darkness.

The Berks County coroner’s office said the body of 23-year-old Joshua Fontanez-Rodriguez of Minersville was recovered by divers shortly after noon Saturday.

Acting Coroner John Hollenbach said an autopsy is slated Monday at Reading Hospital.

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