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Man found dead in sewer in Norton 11 days after disappearing while fleeing from crash

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Posted at 9:09 AM, Jan 11, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-12 13:42:30-05

NORTON, Ohio — A 39-year-old man was found dead underneath a sewer grate in Norton nearly two weeks after he disappeared while fleeing on foot following a vehicle crash, according to the Summit County Medical Examiner.

On Dec. 30, the man crashed a vehicle on the exit ramp from OH-21 South to Wooster Road West, according to a news release from the medical examiner. The man was seen fleeing area on foot, and police searched the area but did not find him.

On Jan. 10, Norton Police brought a cadaver dog to the area of the crash to look for the man, the release states. The dog alerted to a sewer grate, and when officers looked down inside the grate, they found the man dead. He was pronounced dead at the scene at 8:20 p.m.

The Summit County Medical Examiner's Office has identified the man as Matthew Duplain, 39, of Canton. His cause of death has not been announced. Authorities said they are awaiting toxicology testing to come back before making a final ruling on the cause.

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