Man, woman found in submerged vehicle in Cowan Lake identified

Published: May. 10, 2022 at 1:55 PM EDT|Updated: May. 11, 2022 at 4:38 AM EDT
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WILMINGTON, Ohio (WXIX) - The two people who were found in a submerged vehicle that was pulled from Cowan Lake have been identified.

Kendrick Scott Jesionowski, 50, of Kenton, Ohio, and Lisa Lynne Reiss, 57, of Marysville, Ohio, were identified as the two individuals found Tuesday, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources wrote in a press release Wednesday.

On May 9, ODNR officers and the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office went to Cowan Lake to follow up on a report of two missing adults, Investigators found the couple’s camper but didn’t see anyone inside.

Investigators later learned Reiss had left a voicemail for someone saying the pair were in Cowan Lake.

The next day, Tuesday, officers called for the Loveland-Symmes Task Force One dive team, which ultimately led to the grim discovery.

Around 4:45 p.m. Tuesday, a “target of interest” was located about 10 feet underwater offshore, ODNR Public Information Officer David Roorbach said. A tow truck arrived and pulled the vehicle out of the water around 5:30 p.m.

The bodies of Jesionowski and Reiss were found inside the vehicle, he explained.

The initial 911 call was made by a man who claimed to be the son of one of the victims, saying his dad was in town for a horse show.

“They left on Thursday, and he told me he’d be back around, between, like sometime Saturday or Sunday, and he’s still not back yet, and I haven’t heard anything from him since he left on Thursday,” the man tells the 911 call taker.

“[...]His phone’s been, like, not able to connect. Like it goes straight to voicemail, and none of the texts are sending or anything.”

Listen to the 911 calls in the video below:

911 calls: 2 reported missing from Cowan Lake

Officials have not said how the vehicle ended up in the water. ODNR is leading the ongoing investigation.

Visitors to the 692-acre lake, which ultimately drains into the Little Miami River, can swim, fish, sail and kayak, according to the park’s website.

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