Body Recovered From Ohio River Near Steubenville

STEUBENVILLE — Search crews on Wednesday afternoon found the body of a man who reportedly fell into the Ohio River at the Steubenville Marina Tuesday evening.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department identified the man as Michael Ziarko, 41, of Steubenville. West Virginia has jurisdiction in cases of bodies found in the river.

Officials said Ziarko was found at about 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, more than a half-mile from the marina.

Crews from the Jefferson County Technical Rescue Team had two boats in the river, according to Jefferson County 911 Director Robert Herrington. He said the body was found near the shoreline by one of the boats from the technical rescue team. He noted members of the team have training in water rescues.

Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer said after the body was recovered it was examined at the marina. He said investigators found nothing out of the ordinary, but the body will be sent to the West Virginia Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Charleston for an autopsy.

The Steubenville fire and police departments were called around 8 p.m. on Tuesday about a man who fell from the marina into the river.

A female walking with him told him to swim to a lower section of the marina wall, police reported. The woman ran to a shelter house and asked someone to call 911, according to police.

The woman went back to the marina wall and couldn’t locate the man, according to reports.

Rescue boats from Weirton, Stratton and Brooke County also participated in the search on Wednesday, and a dive team from Wheeling assisted. Toronto emergency crews had a boat in the water on Tuesday evening.

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