Two bodies found dead in Cuyahoga River; discoveries unrelated

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The Cuyahoga River is a river located in Northeast Ohio, USA that feeds into Lake Erie. The river is famous for having been so polluted that it caught fire in 1969. The event helped to spur the environmental movement in the US.

CUYAHOGA FALLS, Ohio (WJW) — Police say they found the bodies of two men in the Cuyahoga River on two separate days. The discoveries were unrelated.

On Friday around 8 a.m., Cuyahoga Falls Police and Fire say they responded to 1989 Front St., at the Sheraton Suites, after a caller reported a missing person.

After police searched the area, 50-year-old Scott Knaul, who had not been seen since the night prior, was found unresponsive along the bank of the river.

Knaul was pronounced dead around 10 a.m.

Around 5 p.m. on Saturday, Cuyahoga Falls Police and Fire responded to the area of 1659 Front St. about a person face down in the river.

After the rescue operation, the man’s body was pulled from the river and pronounced dead around 7:30 p.m.

His name is not being released until next of kin is notified.

Police say they do not suspect foul play in either of the deaths, but still continue to investigate.

Anyone with information concerning these deaths is asked to contact the Cuyahoga Falls Police Detective Bureau at 330-971-8334 or the Anonymous Crime Fighters Tip Line at 330-971-8477.

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