Silver Creek Metro Park Drowning Victim Identified

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NORTON, Ohio — Authorities have positively identified the victim who drowned after her car entered a lake at the Silver Creek Metro Park.

Summit County Medical Examiner’s Office Chief Investigator Gary Guenther says that the lone victim was Kathleen Henline, 62, of Norton.

The Norton Police Department continues to investigate.

“Around 1:30 in the afternoon (on Tuesday), a park visitor called 911 to report a car going into the lake,” said Nate Eppink with Metro Parks Summit County.

SkyFOX flew over the scene as emergency rescue crews were called to assist.

Metro Parks staff, Norton Police and a park visitor went into the water and attempted to rescue Henline as her black Ford Mustang was sinking.

“Rescue teams from Norton, Barberton and Copley, (as well as crews from) Bath, Wadsworth, Hudson (and) Silver Creek responded, but were unsuccessful in their attempts to rescue the driver,” Eppink said.

Norton Police said this is an ongoing crash investigation. An autopsy on Henline is scheduled for Wednesday.

Silver Creek Metro Park closed Tuesday, but reopened Wednesday morning.