Kokosing River water

The Kokosing River

MOUNT VERNON – The body of a deceased male was pulled from the Kokosing River on Sunday afternoon, Mount Vernon Police Chief Robert Morgan said in a press release.

Officers from the Mount Vernon Police Department and firefighters from the Mount Vernon Fire Department responded to a call at 1:40 p.m. "in reference to a body in the water," Morgan stated. Officers were called to the area of the Kokosing River behind Ariel Arena, located at 800 Martinsburg Rd. in Mount Vernon.

Upon arrival, law enforcement officials received information from two kayakers who reportedly observed the individual in the water along the west side of the river, caught in a downed tree. Firefighters were able to locate the body of a deceased male and pull him from the river.

"At this time, the man has not been positively identified and was transported to the Licking County Coroner’s Office for an autopsy," Morgan said. "The incident remains under investigation."

The Kokosing River has proven to be perilous in years past. Two people drowned in the river last summer. The first, 40-year-old Mark Booth from Mount Vernon, was swept away while tubing. He was found the next day, June 7, on a riverbank near Howard. The second, 15-year-old Darnal Narayan from Columbus, suffered the same fate on June 11 while swimming. He was missing for 16 days before being found roughly 48 miles downstream in Muskingum County.

This is a developing story.

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