Officials Tight-Lipped on Portage Lakes Search

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SUMMIT COUNTY, Ohio - Air bubbles in the middle of the North Reservoir in Portage Lakes mark the spot where scuba divers were looking for at least one body Friday.

"Through one of our investigations, we learned there could be stolen property, safes, potentially some firearms in the lake, as well as some bodies," Inspector Bill Holland from the Summit County Sheriff's Department said.

Holland said the dive team was already planning to do some training in the Portage Lakes when investigators learned about the possible bodies.

"We located some bones on an island a short distance off shore, and the medical examiner's office responded to make a determination whether they are human or animal bones," Holland said.

Holland said the bones turned out to be from an animal.

Searchers on boats used sonar to get a view of what is on the floor of the lake.

"The sonar hit on a few items that could be safes or firearms, and through further investigation of the spots turned out to be just a piece of plywood," Holland said.

They called off the search just before sundown Friday.

Deputies won't say who they are searching for in the lake.

"Well, it's one of our ongoing investigations I can't really delve too deep into it other than the information was credible enough for us to search the area," Holland said.

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