Athens, Ohio – Search continues for 29 year old male missing in the Hocking River


The Athens Fire Department was alerted at approximately 8:00 PM, Saturday June 23, 2018 for a male in the Hocking River near the Whites Mill water fall at 2 Whites Mill Drive in the City of Athens.  Emergency responders discovered that a 29-year-old white male had jumped into the river upstream from Whites Mill and was swept down river.  First responders could not find any sign of the missing individual and launched rescue boats to search for the missing person.  The missing person is described as a 29-year-old white male, wearing black shorts and no shirt or shoes.

 On Saturday responders searched until sunset and resumed search operations at 8:00 AM Sunday morning.  Currently the unknown white male is still missing.  The search operation for the missing person is continuing and being aided by multiple regional emergency agencies including;

  • Athens City Fire Department
  • Ohio Department of Natural Resources
  • Ohio Division of Water Craft
  • Richland Area Fire Department
  • Rome Township Fire Department
  • Amesville Fire Department
  • Jacksonville Fire Department

 Additional information will be released as it becomes available.

About Athens County Emergency Management Agency

Emergency Management Agency is the central point of coordination within the county for response and recovery to disasters. The primary focus of the agency when not in a response or recovery mode is to ensure that the county and citizens residing in it, are prepared to respond to an emergency or disaster and to lead mitigation efforts against the effects of future disasters.
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