GREEN, Ohio – An investigation is underway into the reported drowning of a North Canton 18 year-old in a Green pond. The mother of the victim, Brandi Morgan, said she still has questions about what happened.
The Summit County Sheriff’s Office and Green Fire Department responded to the reported drowning in a secluded pond behind Evan’s Supply, at 2448 Greensburg Road, around 9:20 p.m. Monday.
According to an incident report, a 55 year-old North Canton man was with Morgan and told investigators she went swimming then disappeared. A dive team responded and pulled Morgan’s body from the pond. The Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office has not yet ruled on an official cause of death, pending additional test results.
“I'm angry,” Morgan’s mother, Julie Smith, said. “I want some answers, and I believe I may not get them all.”
Investigators said they are looking into the circumstances surrounding the death, including why Morgan and the man were at the pond at night and in cool weather. The pond is accessible by walking or ATV through trails in the woods.
“Obviously, it’s odd for someone to be swimming at 9:30 at night in chilly weather when the water is very cold; not something you would typically see in a pond this time of year,” said Inspector Bill Holland, of the Summit County Sheriff’s Office. “We're looking into if there is anything suspicious about this.”
Morgan’s parents said they got unexpected word of the incident when authorities came to their home late Monday.
“I wasn't thinking that I was going to hear that she drowned,” Smith said. “I didn’t believe it; I didn’t even think I heard it right.”
Morgan was a senior at North Canton’s Hoover High School, where the school district had grief counselors available to students and staff. Her family said she was in the National Guard, with plans to attend boot camp this summer. As they planned her funeral, Morgan’s family remembered her infectious smile and laugh.
“She loved living, she loved hanging out with friends and family,” Smith said. “There won’t be a day that goes by that I won’t miss her.”