George F. Bonney, 64, whose body was recovered Thursday from Great Pond in Belgrade after his boat was found moving in circles, had owned Bonney Auto Body on Middle Road in Sidney.

An employee at the Town Office in Sidney said Friday that Bonney was semi-retired and “was very well known in town.”

According to county records, Bonney, whose wife is Patricia Bonney, had owned the property on Middle Road for about 30 years.

The investigation into his death began after an unoccupied boat was reported circling on Great Pond near Hatch Cover, and then his body was found floating in 7 feet of water about a quarter-mile away.

A news release from the Department of Inland Fisheries & Wildlife said Bonney had been using his 2001, 16-foot Crestliner fishing boat with a 75-horsepower motor.

No new information on the investigation was available Friday.

Mark Belserene, spokesman for the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, said Friday via email, “We have completed an autopsy and will be running toxicology tests as part of our procedure on a case of this type.”

He said results probably will not be available for another two to three weeks.

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