Body of Portage County man reported missing found in Newton Township

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NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – The Trumbull County Coroner’s Office is working to figure out how a man reported missing last week in Portage County died.

39-year-old Jesse Wright was reported missing on December 28.

Wright’s body was discovered on New Year’s Day, found partially submerged in water in a drainage ditch on the side of Ravenna Road in Newton Township. About a half-mile from where he was last seen just over the Portage County line.

Caller: “My daughter thinks she found that dead body of that Jesse kid that they were looking for. She said there’s a body in the ditch.”

Investigators can’t say for sure how long he’d been there.

“With the temperatures outside, that kinda makes it hard to tell something like that,” said Sgt. Mike Yannucci with the Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office.

Law enforcement from both Trumbull and Portage counties had been looking for Wright since his family reported him missing on Dec. 29.

They were searching wooded areas and even used the Ohio State Highway Patrol’s Aviation Unit in an attempt to find him.

“Any time someone loses a loved one over the course of the holidays, you know, at any time it’s hard enough to deal with but especially this time of year,” Sgt. Yannucci said.

Investigators say they didn’t see any signs of trauma or foul play, but that’ll be determined by an autopsy. The coroner’s office says the results are pending.

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