By ROBERT A. DEFRANK
News-Herald Staff Writer
JOCKEY HOLLOW – A search for a missing fisherman ended the early evening of June 18 when the body of Steve Terry, 39, Flushing, was located in a lake of the Jockey Hollow Wildlife Area, a 3,469-acre reclaimed strip mine near Flushing. Belmont County 911 received the alert at 4:39 a.m. Thursday. According to John Wisse, spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft, Terry and Nathan Morris, 47, also of Flushing, had been fishing overnight and were returning to shore when their 10-foot jon boat capsized. “Both men were in the water. Both were swimming,” Wisse said. “Morris made it to safety. Terry disappeared under the water.”
Divers searched the lake and K9 units scoured the woodlands Thursday and Friday. According to Cindy Bellar, Public Information and Education Manager with ODNR, Terry’s body was found at 5:26 p.m. June 18. She said the search was complicated by the great depth of the lake, which runs from 30 to 70 feet and created difficulties for side sonar and divers alike. She added that the accident was still under investigation.
Representatives from Harrison County Sheriff’s Office were on scene and requested an autopsy. Other agencies that assisted in the search included the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Divisions of Watercraft and Wildlife, Still Valley K9 unit, the Tri County Dive Team from Buckeye Lake, Guernsey County water rescue, and Moorefield Fire Department Rescue Squad.