Otis Andrews search: Body pulled from Little Miami River matches description of missing Norwood man

ANDERSON TOWNSHIP, Ohio - A body pulled from the Little Miami River matches the description of a 19-year-old swimmer who went missing Tuesday evening.

A Hamilton County Sheriff's deputy told 9 On Your Side reporter Bryce Anslinger that the body appears to match the description of Otis Andrews of Norwood but no formal identification has been made.

Officials at the scene said they are waiting on the Hamilton County coroner to determine the identity.

The body was found around 7:15 p.m. Friday evening near 5030 Batavia Street, on the east side of the Beechmont Levy, by a fisherman in the area. Search and rescue crews removed the body from the water around 8 p.m. 

Anslinger said Andrews' family gathered at the scene in Anderson Township. Friends and family have sought out answers to what happened since Andrews disappeared while swimming with five of his friends in the Little Miami River in Mariemont on Tuesday night.

"It's an extremely unfortunate situation but we wanted to work as hard as possible to allow the family to have closure and bring their family member home to them," said Tim Feichtner, assistant fire chief with the Mariemont Fire Department.

On Friday morning, crews said no search would take place because conditions made the search too difficult. Searchers planned to resume operations on Saturday.

Deputies said there were no other reported missing people in the area.

Stay with 9 On Your Side and WCPO.com for updates as they become available.

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