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The body of the missing fisherman has been pulled from the Great Miami River

Great Miami River rescue
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Posted at 11:07 PM, Jun 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-14 19:35:12-04

ROSS TWP., Ohio — Search crews have recovered the body of a 47-year-old man who went missing in the Great Miami River near Ross Township on Saturday night. Crews originally arrived on the scene around 9:00 p.m. Saturday night and continued the search on Sunday.

Officials have identified the victim as Rodney Vehr from Ross. His body was found near the 126 bridge and was not wearing a life jacket when found.

According to Butler County dispatch and fire officials at the scene, the man's fishing companion called 911 after Vehr attempted to swim to the other side of the river, went below the surface and never returned. The pair were fishing on the Butler County side of the river; the other side is in Hamilton County.

Colerain Fire Department chief Tim Beach said the Great Miami River is deceptive and warned that it can become dangerous any time a person cannot touch their feet to the bottom of the river.

Beach said dive teams used sonar equipment while searching for the missing man.

Colerain Township is handling the investigation.

This is a developing story. WCPO will update as more information becomes available.