Wellston Man Dies in High Water Incident

A Wellston man is dead from an apparent drowning in Pike County, Thursday morning.


Pike County Sheriff Charles Reader reports at 6:17am, his dispatch center received a 911 call from a motorist in referenced to a male lying in the center of the roadway on State Route 124 near the intersection of State Route 772. Upon arrival to the area, the body of 58-year-old Donald L. Denny from Wellston was located. Denny was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner.


Denny’s vehicle was located 682 feet inside the “Road Closed” signs that were placed out by the Ohio Department of Transportation last evening due to extreme flooding and multiple feet of standing water covering the roadway. Evidence of water in Denny’s vehicle confirmed that at one point the vehicle was at least halfway submerged in the flooding waters.


At this time it appears that the death could be related to over exertion and a heart condition due to fighting the swift current of the flood waters or possibly drowning based on the initial investigation and evidence the scene provided.


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