Man wanted for rape presumed dead after jumping in Ohio River to avoid capture

VILLA HILLS, KY (FOX19) - A man who attempted to avoid capture in northern Kentucky this week by jumping into the Ohio River has been presumed dead, authorities say.

Robert Kasee, who is wanted by Cincinnati police for three counts of rape and two counts of felonious assault, was spotted Wednesday morning in Villa Hills. Authorities say they chased him and lost him in the woods. When they located him again, Kasee was able to get into the river despite a bite from a K-9 officer.

He jumped in the water near the Villa Hills Marina on River Road. Authorities say he never came up again, at which point the investigation became a recovery operation.

A sheriff's helicopter was spotted searching above the river looking for him Wednesday afternoon.

The Cincinnati Police Department is conducting an administrative review of this incident and coordinating with the Kentucky law enforcement agencies involved. Kasee's family has been notified of the status of this investigation. The victims of the alleged offenses have also been notified by the Cincinnati Police Personal Crimes Squad.

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