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Body Of Man Discovered In Athens County Creek Identified

Reported: Apr. 11, 2014 11:06 AM EDT
Updated: Apr. 15, 2014 3:08 PM EDT
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ATHENS, Ohio (Tiersa Davis)-- The Athens County Sheriff's Office has identified the name of man whose body was discovered in a creek on Thursday.

The office said the body of Sammie Steven Donato, 22, of Mount Orab was discovered in a creek near the Dow Lake Dam off U.S. Route 50 Thursday afternoon. Donato's body was taken to the Montgomery County Coroner's Office for an autopsy.

The sheriff's office said Donato was on a walking trip from his home in Mount Orab to the east coast. Donato had taken several walking trips before, the office said. They believe Donato may have dropped something into the creek and went to retrieve it, or may have accidentally fell when he was overcome by the cold water and the force of the stream. His body was trapped by a large tree that had fallen across the creek, causing him to be overcome by the water.

The final cause of death and toxicology reports is still pending.



ATHENS, Ohio (Tiersa Davis)-- The Athens County Sheriff's Office said a body was found in a creek on Thursday.

Deputies said the body was found about 12:30 p.m. off of State Route 50 near Dow Lake in a creek.

The name of the person has not been released at this time.



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