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Authorities Unsure if Man Found in Muskingum River Drowned

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Autopsy and Tox Report to Shed Light on Cause of Death

ZANESVILLE, Ohio -- Officials in Muskingum County say it is still unclear how a once-missing Blue Rock man, found in the river on Tuesday, met his end.

Muskingum County Sheriff Matt Lutz said that an initial autopsy of 67-year-old John Bartholow showed no signs of injury or trauma. Due to the body's decomposition, Lutz said it is still too soon to confirm or refute drowning as the cause of death.

The sheriff said that a ruling will be made after a toxicology report is returned and a final autopsy report is made.

Bartholow's body was found in the Muskingum River, north of the State Route 719 bridge, on Tuesday evening. Bartholow disappeared on June 13, and had been the subject of an ongoing search by county authorities.

Sheriff Lutz said that crews found Bartholow while looking for two other men believed to have fallen into the river late Tuesday afternoon. Their bodies were found in the Muskingum River on Friday.

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