Man reported missing in October 2017
The man found dead in a pond at 1671 Tompkins Road in Lenox Township Friday, Feb. 23 has been identified as Garrick Sowry, 28, of Jefferson. Identification was made by fingerprints Tom Despenes, investigator from the Ashtabula Coroner’s office, said. Sowry’s cause of death has yet to be determined. Sowry was reported as (last seen) in October 2017.
Officials do not yet have a cause of death, but Despenes said the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Water rescue units, including underwater divers and several police and fire departments, Tompkins Road, owned by U.S. National Bank according to the county auditor’s website, and recovered Sowry’s body.
From local news reports
On Jan. 20, Jefferson police and a search and rescue team from the Windsor Fire Department explored a wooded area along Railroad Street in search of Sowry after receiving a tip. While he had disappeared in the late fall, he was not officially reported missing until his mother filed a report with the Jefferson Police Department on Jan. 3.
“He has been off the grid for awhile,” Jefferson Police Chief Dave Wassie said at the time.
Despenes said Tuesday that a toxicology report will be part of the autopsy and they are waiting for the results.