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Names of 2 missing hunters recovered from Ohio lake released

Posted at 9:13 PM, Nov 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-17 21:13:21-05

TIPPICANOE, Ohio — Authorities have released the names of two missing hunters from Michigan whose bodies were recovered from an Ohio lake a day after they were reported missing.

Adria Bergeron of the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District said the bodies of 63-year-old James “Bud” Miller, Jr. of Rives Junction and 43-year-old James McKibbin of Parma were found at about 2 p.m. Monday near the shoreline of Clendening Lake.

The two were last seen around 1 p.m. Sunday arriving at Clendening Lake Marina. Friends reported them missing late that night after they didn’t show at a cabin. Bergeron said initially searchers weren’t sure whether the men were missing on land or had launched a boat to get to an area across the lake.

Search crews were still looking for the missing boat the men had been using on the lake.

The conservation district’s executive director, Craig Butler, extended condolences to the families of the men. He said hunters and hikers should always let someone know where they are and always wear life jackets when on the water.