EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) – An East Liverpool man whose body was pulled out with his truck from the Ohio River on Thursday most likely died of asphyxia due to drowning, the Columbiana County coroner told the Morning Journal.
How Steve House and his Chevrolet Silverado ended up in the Ohio River is under investigation. Police believe the accident occurred early Saturday morning, but they weren’t able to find House’s truck until late Thursday afternoon.
A dive team that searched the waters did find another vehicle prior to House’s. That truck was also found at the bottom of the river and appeared to be 20 years old.
First News talked with the Hancock County, West Virginia Sheriff, who said there are no plans to remove that truck from the water nor was there an investigation as to why that truck was down there.
An autopsy isn’t planned for House, but the coroner is awaiting the results of a toxicology report, which could take several weeks, the Morning Journal reports. The test will determine whether drugs or alcohol played a factor in the crash.