Coroner identifies man who drowned in Great Miami River in Middletown

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MIDDLETOWN, Ohio (WDTN) – The Butler County coroner released the identity of a 27-year-old man who drowned Tuesday in the Great Miami River in Middletown.

Our sister station WLWT reports that Fritznel Antoine Dean, of Middletown, drowned while swimming with a friend in the river.

According to firefighters, Dean was swimming near the Flyer Trailhead of the Miami River Trail. His friend saw him go underwater and called 911 around 5:30 p.m. when he failed to surface.

His body was found around 9:30 p.m.

Middletown police and fire departments responded to the scene and were assisted by Franklin, Monroe, and Butler County Sheriff’s Office water rescue units.


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