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Sheriff identifies man in accidental drowning

Staff Reports Posted 7 August 2015 at 12:00 am

CARLTON – The Orleans County Sheriff’s Office is releasing the name of last night’s apparent drowning victim in the Oak Orchard River.

William E. Rowe, 67, was a resident of Cincinnati, Ohio. He came to the area with three friends earlier this week to participate in a 3-day fishing charter on Lake Ontario.

Mr. Rowe jumped from the Kenyonville Road bridge at about 7 p.m. on Thursday after talking with teenagers who had been jumping from the bridge. Firefighters and law enforcement officers searched for his body for about 90 minutes. He was found at 8:43 p.m.

Rowe’s death is believed to be accidental, Sheriff Scott Hess said today. No foul play is suspected. The investigation by the Sheriff’s Office is continuing and includes the Monroe County Medical Examiner’s Office in Rochester.