Authorities ID victim of July 11 drowning

By Lindsay Kriz

July 17, 2014

REEDSVILLE — The Ohio Department of National Resources has identified the man who drowned last Friday at Forked Run State Park as Billy J. Nelson, 54, of Spencer, W.Va.

According to ODNR Spokesperson Eileen Corson, witnesses report having seen Nelson swimming beyond the designated swimming area at Forked Run State Park Beach with a group of people. By the time ODNR officials arrived on the scene, Nelson had already been brought ashore.

An initial report from Matt Eiselstein, deputy chief of communications at ODNR, says that at approximately 11:20 p.m., Ohio state parks officers at Forked Run State Park were notified of a possible drowning in the area. Initial reports indicated that Nelson went under the water beyond the designated swimming area and did not resurface.

He was transported by Meigs County EMS to Camden-Clark Medical Center in Parkersburg, W.Va., where he was pronounced dead at 1:05 p.m.

EMS was assisted by the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office in the recovery of Nelson’s body. Wood said his office received a call at approximately 11:30 p.m. from Meigs County EMS. Two sheriff’s deputies went to assist EMS with the recovery of the man’s body from the water. CPR was used, and initially Nelson showed signs of life, Wood said.