EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – A rescue team pulled a vehicle from the Ohio River on Thursday afternoon. Inside, police say was the body of a missing East Liverpool man.
The truck was pulled from the water by a crane around 3:30 p.m.
Divers were looking for Steve House. The 44-year-old was reported missing by his estranged wife on Monday after he failed to pick up their children on New Year’s Day and then did not report for work. He was last seen driving his tan Chevy Silverado.
Police are trying to determine the circumstances that led to the truck ending up in the water.
Witnesses said they saw a truck drive off the Jennings Randolph Bridge and into the river Saturday morning.
Chester Volunteer Fire Department Chief John Hissam says that a review of surveillance video of the area near the bridge did show lights falling from the bridge about the time of the crash, although not specifically a vehicle.
East Liverpool Police and the Hancock County Sheriff’s Office handled the investigation.
“They utilized sonar, which gave us images of the bottom. We went off those images and sent a diver down in the water, because we located one truck yesterday,” said Hancock County Sheriff’s Detective Chris Waide.
That truck was determined not to be House’s as investigators determined that it had been there for about 20 years.
Friends and family are now mourning the loss of House, a manager at the East Liverpool Rite Aid.
East Liverpool Police Detective John Headley had known House since junior high school, and he got choked up when he realized the man pulled from the water was House.
“He was born and raised here in East Liverpool. Good guy,” he said. “Really have no answer as to why this happened. He had a wife and two kids.”
Headley also told the Morning Journal it looks like House’s truck may have been traveling more than 100 miles per hour before it plunged 100 feet into the Ohio River.