Update: Body of missing man found

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Updated Tuesday morning

Ross County Sheriff George Lavender issued the following statement late Monday: “Sheriff Lavender regrets to inform that the body of 18 year old Randon Cochran was recovered from Paint Creek approximately 1.5 miles from where he was last seen at approximately 6 p.m. this evening. Mr. Cochran is now in the care of the Ross County Coroner’s Office. Sheriff Lavender and his staff wish to express their condolences to the family and friends of Mr. Cochran. Sheriff Lavender also wants to express his appreciation to the multiple agencies and volunteer organizations that assisted the past 2 days in the search.”

Original story

Authorities in Ross County continued searching Monday for a man who reportedly went missing in the early hours of Sunday morning in Paint Creek near Chillicothe.

According to a post on the Ross County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page, Randon Cochran, 18, was last seen in the water of Paint Creek near the Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve off Red Bird Lane around 3 a.m. Sunday.

He is described as being six feet tall, 130-140 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair that was recently bleached blonde, according to the post.

The post said the sheriff’s office received a call at approximately 3:15 a.m. reporting Cochran had gone in the water and was missing.

The search was suspended for the night Sunday evening, then resumed Monday morning, according to the post.

“There are multiple agencies from Ross and surrounding counties searching the ground, water, and from the air,” the post said.

As of late Monday afternoon, the Facebook post had been shared nearly 300 times.


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