NEWTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio (WKBN) – A father and son from Youngstown have been identified as the two victims pulled from a Newton Township pond after they did not return home from a weekend fishing trip.
Trumbull County Sheriff’s Office Major Harold Firster said the victims are Anthony Harris, Sr., 48, and Anthony Harris, Jr., 20. The two went fishing Saturday morning and when they did not come home, family members called police.
A passerby in the area of the pond noticed their car and also called police.
The father’s body was pulled from the water by divers around 6 p.m. Sunday. The body of the man’s son surfaced in the water Monday morning. The private pond is located off Miller Graber Road.
“What we are thinking is that the father is the initial person that fell in. The shoes were off of the son in the boat, so he probably kicked or took his shoes off to rescue his father and he perished also,” Firster said.
Firster said the boat the men were using had not been a licensed watercraft in the state of Ohio since 1997 and appeared to be sitting near the pond for anybody to use.
“We plan to take the boat from the pond so it cannot be used again,” Firster said.
Officials with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources Division of Watercraft said they are looking to find the canoe’s original owner.
Officials said there were no life jackets on board the canoe the two were fishing in, which could have saved their lives. Firster said he believes the drownings were accidental, but an autopsy has not yet been completed.
Friends of the victims said Anthony Harris Sr. had previously been employed at RG Steel in Warren. His son played football at Youngstown Christian School.