BERLIN CENTER, Ohio (WKBN) – A body was found in Berlin Lake around 6 a.m. Saturday, later identified as 60-year-old Robert Lee Johnson of Akron.
Police are still investigating how he died, although foul play isn’t suspected.
Two fishermen found the body early Saturday morning. They told detectives they thought they had hit a stump with moss covering it while fishing but looked closer and saw it was a head with long hair.
“He was found about 30-40 feet from shore floating in about 8 feet of water,” said Detective Patrick Mondora of the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office.
After police were called and Johnson’s body was searched, nothing suspicious was found on his person.
Detectives from the Mahoning County Sheriff’s Office searched the area for eight hours, looking for answers and talking to people who live around the lake, who said they did not recognize him.
“We’re trying to put together a timeline now of how he got out there,” Mondora said.
Although detectives say Johnson was not close with his family, his friends said he liked to fish, but usually went to Summit Lake in Akron.
The Sheriff’s Office released a picture of Johnson and is still investigating the details of this case.
Johnson’s body was taken to the coroner in Cuyahoga County to determine an official cause of death.