Wednesday, April 28, 1999

Search of river fruitless; man presumed drowned

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        MIDDLETOWN — Despite hours of searching, sometimes during a chilly rain, authorities Tuesday were unable to find a man who was presumed drowned in the Great Miami River.

        Middletown Police Lt. Don Owens said crews resumed the search for 42-year-old Bill Heavrin around 9 a.m. Tuesday and were expected to continue until nightfall.

        Police think Mr. Heavrin had acted on a dare and began a swimming contest with his companion, James Lund, 40. Mr. Lund noticed Mr. Heavrin was having difficulty and said he tried to help Mr. Heavrin but was unsuccessful.

        On Monday and Tuesday, officers in water rescue boats from the Butler County Sher iff's Office and Middletown Police Division searched the area. The sheriff's helicopter and the Trenton Police Department assisted.

        About 4 p.m. Tuesday, Lt. Owens said the sheriff's office had arranged for divers to enter the water.


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