Update: Search to resume for missing teen who jumped into spillway

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PERRYSVILLE, Ohio – Authorities are scheduled to resume their search for the body of a 16-year-old boy who tried to save a friend from drowning in Ashland County this morning.

A 16-year-old girl was found dead Friday evening after authorities say she tried to rescue her friend from a spillway near Pleasant Hill Lake.

The Ashland County Sheriff’s Office was called to the spillway of the dam in Perrysville just after 6 p.m. Friday.

Deputy Chief Carl Richert said a 14-year-old girl jumped a fence to swim in an area where the water was high and running fast. The current pulled the girl back towards the spillway so two other teens jumped in to save her.

A crew from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources arrived and threw the 14-year-old a life vest. They were able to pull her safely to shore.

Richert said the 16-year-old girl was found deceased about a mile down stream and it is the 16-year-old boy who is still missing. All three teens are friends and are from the area.

The river southeast of the dam runs through the Mohican Memorial State Forest.

Google Map for coordinates 40.651840 by -82.340992.

Pleasant Hill Lake

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