Coroner identifies body found in car reported in Great Miami River

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DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The Montgomery County Coroner has identified 44-year-old Cory L. Christon as the man recovered Monday from the Great Miami River.

Police received calls reporting a vehicle in the water at Edwin C. Moses Boulevard near the Wolf Creek Bridge around 1:30 p.m.

Mark Hess, chief of public safety at Five Rivers MetroParks, said that the incident actually started New Year’s Day after someone called in reporting a license plate in Sunrise Park. He said there was also some evidence that a vehicle had struck a small tree near the levy.

Authorities reported tire tracks near the embankment and inside the park but there weren’t any going into the river.

Hess said that a man was reported missing the weekend of Jan. 2, prompting authorities to take a second look at the scene Jan. 4. After a second look with an accident recreation expert and even a drone to look at the river from above, the vehicle was not found.

Trotwood Police returned to the scene Monday, Jan. 11, after the water had receded enough that the roof of the vehicle was visible. The vehicle was successfully recovered and Christon’s body was discovered inside.

The cause and manner of death, as well as the cause of the crash, have not been released at this time.

The case is under investigation by Five Rivers MetroParks. is working to learn about this situation and will update this story when more information is available.

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