Pickerington Times-Sun

Missing man's body found in Hocking River

Athens police officials reported a body found Monday in the Hocking River has been identified as missing Athens resident Samuel Wiater, a Pickerington High School Central graduate.

The body of the 21-year-old was found about 1 p.m. Monday by two local fisherman who had been in a canoe between the West State Street baseball fields and the Currier Street bike path.

Police said foul play is not suspected in Wiater's death.

At 8:43 p.m. March 13, Trina Wiater received a call from her son who she said was upset.

The phone call was disconnected and when she was able to call her son back about 3 minutes later he asked her to come to Athens.

It was the last time Wiater heard from her son.

She said she arrived in Athens about 10 p.m. the same night of the call and was told by one of her son's roommates that he had left, saying he "needed to go to the river to die."

Despite the roommate's attempts to intervene, Sam Wiater reportedly pushed her aside. He was last seen near a bike path along the Hocking River near Currier Street in Athens.

Reports said Athens City Police used their resources and those of the U.S. Coast Guard to search the river after Sam Wiater's disappearance but they could not find him.