LAKE MILTON, Ohio (WYTV) – The body of a man who has been missing for over 24 hours on Lake Milton has been found.
Family confirmed that search and rescue crews found the body of Eyad Traish, 26, around 8:30 p.m. Sunday. Family members spoke with First News earlier in the evening and confirmed the missing kayaker’s identity.
ODNR confirmed Traish’s identity Monday morning.
Search and rescue crews were searching for Traish after his kayak flipped on Lake Milton near Mahoning Bridge on Saturday.
According to the Milton Twp. fire chief, two kayakers flipped around 1 p.m. Saturday. Swimming, the woman made it to shore while the man did not. He also said the kayak was a rental.
The search turned into a recovery operation Saturday evening.
“We have ODNR, we have Berlin Township, Deerfield Township, Milton Township. We have boats in the water, and we have various dive teams from Mahoning County, Portage County and now Summit County on their way out to search under the water,” said Chief Harold Maynard of the Milton Twp. Fire Department Saturday night.
The search effort started back up around 7:30 Sunday morning. The dive team began its search around 10 a.m.
Many visitors at the lake watched the crews search both days.
“We’ve seen a lot of fire trucks and police cars, and the first thing that came to mind was somebody drowned,” said Tiana Jennings Snyder, a fisher at the lake.
Officials said that they were isolating the search area and asking fishermen and other boats to stay clear of the area.
According to Maynard, visibility was limited under the water of the area they are searching. He said right under is a debris fill caused by docks breaking up over time, for example.
One resident at Lake Milton says she’s been keeping a close eye on the operation.
“Just the boats going back and forth, the divers coming off the boats, dogs on several of them,” she said.
The identities of the people involved have not been released by officials.