Search halted for missing boaters


PORT CLINTON -- Authorities have again suspended the search for two boaters still missing in western Lake Erie after the bodies of a woman and a teenage girl were found off the Ohio shoreline.

The Port Clinton News-Herald ( ) reported the Department of Natural Resources planned to search for the anglers, Bryan Huff, 32, Rossford, and Andrew Rose, 33, Maumee, Saturday. The Ottawa County sheriff had no such plans.

The newspaper said the men missing since Wednesday are presumed dead because authorities don't think they could survive days in chilly waters.

The sheriff's office identified them as 33-year-old Amy Santus of Perrysburg and 16-year-old Paige Widmer of Leesville, S.C.

According to autopsy reports, both women died of drowning.

Santus and Huff were experienced anglers who loved fishing together, said Yassir Khalil, of Perrysburg, who said he is a friend of one of the missing men, told the News-Herald.

"When they met, they just shared the common bond of that experience," Khalil told the paper.

Searchers found a partially submerged boat Thursday on a reef near the Davis-Besse nuclear power plant, between Port Clinton and Oak Harbor, and later spotted the bodies of two females, who wore life jackets.


Information from: Port Clinton News-Herald,

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