The parents of Sam Wiater asked for prayers yesterday as Athens police identified the body pulled from the Hocking River on Monday as their son.
Wiater, 21, a 2011 graduate of Pickerington Central High School, had been missing since the night of March 13. He left the Athens apartment he shared with his girlfriend upset, saying he wanted to go to the river to die, his mother said.
Trina and Jeff Wiater have been posting on their Facebook page Bring Sam Wiater Home.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that we tell all of you who have stood by us so faithfully through the last 40 days that the identity of the man found in the Hocking River has been confirmed as our son, Sam,” his parents posted yesterday.
“Our hearts are broken, as this cross is hard to bear. We ask for your prayers of comfort as we figure out how to cope with this unfathomable loss.”
The Montgomery County coroner’s office will conduct an autopsy. No foul play is suspected, Athens police said. His mother has said she does not know why her son was upset. He moved to Athens last year to pursue his musical aspirations.
Two fishermen in a canoe spotted a body in the river about 1 p.m. on Monday and called 911. A water-rescue crew pulled Wiater’s body from the water off W. State Street Park’s baseball fields, police said.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
By Mary Beth Lane - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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