Sunday, June 17, 2001

Butler, Ky. man drowns

Body found in lake

By Jim Hannah and Janice Morse
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        ALEXANDRIA — A Butler man drowned in a lake Saturday night — the sixth drowning victim in the Tristate within 10 days.

        Crews recovered the 29-year-old man's body late Saturday from A.J. Jolly Park in Campbell County, but officials did not release his name. They had searched for about two hours.

        Officials said a preliminary investigation indicated the victim was intoxicated, and he had been swimming in the fishing lake, where posted signs say swimming is prohibited.

        The man's body was found just before 11 p.m. about 60 feet from shore. Authorities said they could not recall the last time anyone had drowned in the 200-acre lake.

        The 900-acre park, owned and operated by the Campbell County Fiscal Court, is one of the largest county parks in the state and is home to a popular campground.

        Authorities Saturday told about a dozen campers to leave their camp sites while the search continued.

        “We'd just started our fire when police told us we had to leave our camp site,” said Jerry Poe, 27, of Newport.

        The campers said police didn't say why they had to evacuate. Police appeared to be searching a tent with flashlights.

        Earlier, in Warren County, Ohio, Linda Marie Rutherford, 12, died after swimming with friends in her family's above-ground pool in Franklin Township.

        The girl's father, Brian Rutherford, noticed that she had gone under the water. He and a neighbor tried to revive her, and she was pronounced dead on arrival at Middletown Regional Hospital, according to the Warren County Sheriff's Office, which is continuing to investigate.

        On June 6, two girls, ages 9 and 11, drowned along with their father and another man who tried to rescue them in a quarry near Camden, about 25 miles west of Dayton, Ohio.


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