UPDATE: Police Identify Body Found In Hocking River

By
Gabe Ross

Dateline
Updated Tue, Apr 22, 2014 12:49 pm
Samuel Wiater, 21, of Athens

Investigators have released the name of a man whose body was found in the Hocking River Monday afternoon.

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle said in a statement Tuesday that the recovered body was positively identified as Samuel J. Wiater, 21 of Athens.

Pyle says Wiater's next of kin has been notified. The family was contacted as a precaution Monday since Wiater was last believed to be headed down to the river when he went missing last month.

Dive teams pulled Wiater from the water around 1 p.m. Monday upstream from White's Mill.

Wiater's body was sent to Montgomery County for an autopsy. Autopsy results could take anywhere between 2 to 6 weeks.

Officers have no reason to suspect foul play in Wiater's death.

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