ST. MARYS — Officials investigating the death of an 83-year-old man found at Grand Lake St. Marys State Park on Monday said they believe the man may have had a medical condition that caused him to fall into the water.
While the Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office would not release the name of the deceased pending notification of family, officials at Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home confirmed his name was Robert E. Sunderland, of Buckland. The funeral home will be handling arrangements but had not set a time for services late Tuesday.
Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon said in a phone call Tuesday that the death was not suspicious in nature. While investigators have not confirmed the cause of death, Solomon said it is believed to be accidental.
“It appears highly possible that the man was fishing and had medical complications, causing him to fall into the water,” Solomon said.
Sunderland was found in the handicapped fishing pond between state Route 364 and the marina on the East Bank located in the Villa Nova subdivision near Grand Lake. He was found at about 4:20 p.m. Family members found him deceased in the pond after he was late returning home.
The Auglaize County Sheriff’s Office and Grand Lake St. Marys State Park officials were investigating the death. A statement from the Sheriff’s Office was delivered just before 9 a.m. Tuesday.
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