Tuesday, April 27, 1999

Man disappears in Great Miami River

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Rescuers dragged the Great Miami River Monday for the body of one of two men who apparently jumped into the Great Miami River to race each other.

        Two Butler County Sher iff's Department rescue boats and one Middletown police boat searched a quarter-mile stretch of the river just south of Ohio 122.

        Authorities did not release the name of the missing man Monday night.

        A friend who was with the two men said they were walking along the riverbank about a half-mile south of Ohio 122 on the Middletown side when they went into the water to race each other about 3:30 p.m.

        One of them was able to swim to safety, the friend said. But he never saw the other man again.

        Middletown police received a call about a possible drown ing at 3:15 p.m. Shortly after that, Middletown and sheriff's department rescue units arrived at the scene.

        After questioning the missing man's two friends at the police station, officials took them back to the river at 6 p.m. to clarify where they last saw their friend.


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