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Body found on Towpath bridge in Zoar, suicide suspected

| August 16, 2023
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NEW PHILADELPHIA (WJER) (Aug. 16, 2023) – Tuscarawas County’s sheriff says his office is investigating the discovery of a man’s body along the Towpath Trail in Zoar Tuesday as a suicide.

Orvis Campbell says a female on the Towpath called 911 just after 4 p.m. reporting that she could see a body on the Iron Bridge and possibly blood.

Campbell says detectives arrived and found a gun alongside the man, who had lived close nearby.

He says signs, including a note that was left behind, indicate the apparent shooting death was self-inflicted, so there’s no threat to the public.

Campbell says the Tuscarawas County Coroner’s Office also responded Tuesday and family members were notified.

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