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Missing Hamilton man found dead in pond, sheriff’s office says

Missing Hamilton man found dead in pond, sheriff’s office says
Published: May. 16, 2022 at 8:22 AM EDT|Updated: May. 16, 2022 at 8:30 AM EDT
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BUTLER COUNTY, Ohio (WXIX) - The search for a missing Hamilton man has come to a tragic end, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Curtis Kellums, 54, was found dead on Sunday in a pond on West Elkton Road, near Beissinger Road, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office said.

Kellums was last seen on the west side of Hamilton in the area of Cleveland Avenue more than a month ago, on April 2.

His family worked with Texas EquuSearch to not only find Kellums but also to locate the vehicle he was last seen driving: a 2012 Ford Escape.

A Texas EquuSearch volunteer found what the sheriff’s office says appeared to be an SUV in the pond using sonar.

“It is with heavy hearts and souls that we announce that EquuSearch members located Curtis Kellums’ remains on Sunday. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as they struggle to handle this outcome,” a statement from EquuSearch said.

Ohio Task Force 1 along with the Butler County Sheriff’s Office Emergency Response Team went to the pond on West Elkton Road following the sonar discovery, the sheriff’s office said.

Underwater drones and divers found the vehicle with Kellums inside of it, according to the sheriff’s office.

Dave Rader with Equusearch Midwest tells FOX19 NOW they were told previously that the pond on West Elkton Road had been searched.

“[Equusearch Midwest] were told that the property and the pond were looked at and there is no need for us to scan it,” Rader explained.

While the investigation is ongoing, the Hamilton Police Department says no foul play is suspected.

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