Nichole Hannahs

Body Pulled from River

by Nichole Hannahs on July 26, 2011 at 5:34 am

The body of a Frazeysburg man feared to have drowned in the Muskingum River was pulled from the water Tuesday.

Muskingum County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff LeCocq confirms a body found in the river around 10:00 Tuesday morning is that of 41-year-old Troy Hindel. The body was found by a boater a quarter mile from the Terrace Shores subdivision in about 10ft of water just 8ft from the west shore.

"His body was in bad shape obviously," said LeCocq. "It’s been four days now in the water. He absorbed a lot of the water."

The site where Hindel was found was 6-8 miles from where he entered the water Saturday, it was an area not on a search schedule with authorities. Hindel wasn’t wearing a life jacket during his time tubing and his mother told authorities he could swim but not well. Lecocq said a floatation device could have made a difference.

"You just have to have good common sense. We can’t stress that enough. Be aware of your surroundings. If you don’t have good swimming skills make sure you have a good floatation device," said LeCocq. "We always stress to people of course alcohol and boating, alcohol and swimming don’t mix."

Muskingum County Coroner Dr. Perry Kalis confirmed on the scene that the cause of death was indeed drowning. Hindel’s body was released to Vensil-Orr Funeral home in Dresden.