KENT, Ohio -
Kent Police are investigating the death of a man whose body was found by kayakers floating in the Cuyahoga River early Saturday afternoon.
The discovery was made just after 12:20 p.m., at an area of the Cuyahoga River located near Stow Street at John Brown Tannery Park.
Tim Gantzler, one of the kayakers to spot the body told NewsChannel5, “We were in absolute, complete shock. I've never seen anything like that before. I never imagined myself in that situation.”
Gantzler said they were discussing whether or not to go into the river as it was raining when they noticed the body floating in the river. Kent Fire Chief, Dave Manthey, said the river’s currents took the body about 700 meters downstream before they could remove the male.
Not long after, the Portage County Coroner’s Office identified the body found as 28-year-old Dante D. Warren, who authorities said had been missing since Monday.
Lisa Fonner, a woman who identified herself as Warren’s fiancé, told NewsChannel5 off-camera Warren went missing Monday night and was last seen at a friend’s home. Fonner also said Warren now leaves behind four children, the youngest they had together.
The Portage County Corner told NewsChannel5 there were no visible signs of trauma to Warren’s body, but Chief Manthey did comment to the body’s condition. “It's apparent he was there for a while,” said Chief Manthey, “we don't know, it's under investigation with Summit County Medical Examiner and until then, there's no way of telling until he actually comes out with his ruling on it.”
The Fire Chief also said the water’s stronger currents Saturday made it difficult to determine the location of where the body could have entered the Cuyahoga River.
Anyone with information or anyone who may have seen anything suspicious is asked to contact Kent Police at (330) 673-7732.