UPDATE: Officials Identify Body Recovered from Ohio River

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UPDATE: 3:58 p.m.

Officials confirm the body recovered is Michael Ziarko, 41, of Steubenville.

According to officials, Ziarko was missing for over 16 hours before Ohio Search and Rescue found him.

Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer said an initial review shows no signs of foul play. It seems that Ziarko slipped and fell.

The Brooke County Sheriff’s Department and Steubenville PD are both investigating.


UPDATE: 2:53 p.m.

A body has been recovered from the Ohio River, according to the Brooke County Sheriff. 

The body was found around 12:30 p.m. just south of the train bridge and is being sent to the West Virginia Medical Examiner for autopsy. 

Steubenville Police continue to investigate. 


According to officials with Steubenville and Brooke County, the search continues for a man who reportedly fell into the Ohio River near the Steubenville marina.

Brooke County Sheriff Larry Palmer says the man has been missing since approximately 8 p.m. Tuesday. Crews searched until 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and picked back up at approximately 9 a.m.

Crews from Steubenville PD and Fire Department, Brooke Co. Sheriffs Department, and Weirton Search and Rescue Team have been aiding in the search.

No other details have been released by officials.

Stay with 7News as we continue to update this story.

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