Coroner IDs man who drowned in West Chester pond, says it was accidental

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WEST CHESTER TWP. — The Butler County Coroner’s Office has identified the man who drowned in a West Chester Twp. pond over the weekend and ruled his death an accident.

Larry Houston O’Neal, 62 of Cincinnati was pronounced dead at 6:15 p.m. March 5 after drowning in a pond off Muhlhauser Road near Blossom Street. Township spokeswoman Barb Wilson said a man was walking his dog when he saw someone floating face down in the pond at around 5:30 p.m. and dialed 911.

Wilson said that nothing appeared suspicious.

“There was an area set up for fishing nearby and a truck on the scene, so it was presumed that he had been fishing,” she said.

An autopsy was performed and the coroner’s report said the preliminary finding was O’Neal died of accidental drowning.

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