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Missing fisherman found dead

Updated: Tuesday, July 30 2013, 12:23 PM EDT



Officials in Columbiana County said that a missing fisherman has been found dead.

James Smith, 66, was reported missing around 1 p.m. Monday in Beaver Creek State Park.

A search began around 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Smith’s body was found in Beaver Creek in the park on Tuesday morning.

Family members and friends were at Beaver Creek State Park as the sun was rising.  Many family members were searching up and down the river, in addition to the efforts of the Calcutta Volunteer Fire Department and the Lisbon Ohio State Highway Patrol.

It was only James Smith's second time fly fishing. His wife said he had gone for the first time on Sunday with his brother but decided to go alone yesterday. Family says he was familiar with the park, because he would often go hiking.

Officials say this isn't the first time someone has gone missing in the park but is hasn't happened in quite some time.

"It's very dark and very tough to search. We had a helicopter up, our plane came up from Columbus, but the fog limited its ability. The plan was to search the waterway this morning, clear it and then see if we had to move out onto the land, but the south team found him on their way up the river," said Lt. Joe Dragovich of the Lisbon OSHP.

Smith’s wife along with sisters in law and friends said that James did not have an enemy in the world, and would do anything for anyone. His wife said he loved his Jeeps and his bicycles.

North Star Critical Care Ambulance Company was also on scene along with the Liverpool Township Fire Department.

Authorities said they don’t believe Smith’s death is suspicious.

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Missing fisherman found dead

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