September 2, 2014

Elyria
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Crews search after body reported off Avon Lake shore

AVON LAKE — Rescue crews were searching the waters near Miller Road Park after a possible sighting of a body, Avon Lake police Lt. Duane Streator said.

Streator said about 8 p.m., authorities received reports from someone who said they saw what appeared to be a body floating in the water just offshore near the park.

Police arrived and talked to two other witnesses, a swimmer and a fisherman who was wading in the water and both verified that they saw what appeared to be a body as well, he said.

Two Coast Guard boats and an Ohio Department of Natural Resources boat assisted police and firefighters in searching the dark waters Thursday night. About eight firefighters were wading through the water to search.

Witnesses could offer police few details about the body’s appearance, other than to say it appeared to be clothed. They also couldn’t say whether it was a man or a woman, nor could they provide an approximate age or race, he said.

Streator also said they’ve had no reports of missing swimmers or missing persons.

The search was going to continue as long as possible depending on the conditions of the lake.

In late July, Brandon Glass and Daniel J. Smith, both of Elyria, drowned after going for a swim in the water off the park. Authorities have said the water in that area has a particularly strong, and unusual, undertow due to a power plant nearby.