The body of a man discovered in Coal Creek at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday morning has been identified by the Grand River Dam Authority.
UPDATE 04/11/17: According to a press release from GDRA, the body of a man that was discovered in Coal Creek at approximately 7:30 a.m. Monday morning has been identified as Michael Saverino, 51, of Miami. The investigation is ongoing, and no further details were available as of presstime.
MIAMI – The body of a 51-year-old man was discovered in Coal Creek around 7:30 a.m. this morning off a small bridge on 530 Road located about a quarter of a mile north of 120 Road in Ottawa County.
According to Grand River Dam Authority Police Major Chris Carlson, a mother and father were passing their child off at their usual meeting spot on the bridge when they spotted the body in the creek.
“A mother and father were trading off their child and discovered the body,” Carlson said. “They usually meet there and throw rocks in the water while they wait. They got out of there and notified authorities right away.”
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner arrived on the scene later in the day to take the body for examination.
GRDA is the lead agency in the investigation. Carlson said at this time there is no reason to believe any foul play is involved and it appears the cause of death may be from natural causes.
“OSBI is kind of on standby if we were to have anything that we needed help with or their resources for interviewing or any other investigation,” Carlson said. “But right now we're going to work out what we've got and see where that leads us.”
The Ottawa County Sheriff's Office and GRDA were on scene investigating.
Identification was found on the man, but further identification by next of kin and notification is still pending so the name of the deceased is not being released until this is accomplished, according to Ottawa County Sheriff Jeremy Floyd.
The man may be from Kansas according to the identification found on the body.
“I have never seen the guy around here and am not familiar with him,” Floyd said.
Check back often for updates as more details are provided by law enforcement.
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