UPDATE: Search Efforts Resume in River, Name Released

by Danielle Cotterman on July 24, 2011 at 4:45 am

Search crews continue to scour the Muskingum River after a man went missing who had been tubing with a group of friends Saturday afternoon.

 According to Muskingum County Sheriff Captain Jeff LeCocq, 41-year-old Troy Hindel of Frazeysburg was holding onto a raft in the river with a group of friends when the person closest to him saw him go under twice, not resurfacing the second time. The Dresden Volunteer Fire Department were the first to respond and witnesses tell them they heard the group yell for help when Hindel went under, who authorities say is believed to have drowned.

"The water is fairly warm," said Archer. "If it was in the winter and in cold water there is a chance of up to an hour but not the way the water temperature is now."

Four search boats along with divers were called in to assist in the search. Authorities are asking those who live along the Muskingum River to keep an eye out for the body.

"We’ve sent boats clear down to Ellis dam checking the river and haven’t found anything there," said Archer. "We will continue to search below here but apparently the gentlemen is under the water in the river and he won’t come up if we don’t find him for several days."

Due to last night’s storms dumping over three inches of rain, it has made search efforts more difficult. Search boats, divers, and K9 units will continue to search the area near Ellis Dam until dark and will most likely resume searching tomorrow if Hindel’s body has not been found, according to Dresden Fire officials.

We’ll bring you the latest as it becomes available.