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Crews remove body of 12-year-old from river

Published: Sun, July 15, 2012 @ 12:10 a.m.

Death likely is 4th drowning in region in 7 days

By Elise Franco


Sharon, Pa.

The search for a missing 12-year-old boy ended in tragedy when his body was pulled from the Shenango River.

Mark Goodrich Jr. of Sharon was found in the river at 8:30 a.m. Saturday on the Pennsylvania side of the state line, down river from an abandoned railroad bridge where police believe he and others may have been swimming before he went missing, according to Mercer County 911.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino said security footage from Duferco Steel in Farrell had been turned over to police. He said the footage shows several boys jumping off an old rail bridge on the Ohio side of the state line into the river, but it was not known if Goodrich was among the group.

The video stopped recording and doesn’t show whether the boys got out of the water, Faustino said.

Faustino said Goodrich’s body was found by a passer-by very shortly before law enforcement planned to resume its search.

If ruled a drowning, the boy’s death will be the fourth drowning in the Mahoning and Shenango valleys in a span of seven days. A ruling is pending from the Erie (Pa.) County Coroner.

Faustino said Sharon and Southwest Regional police in Pennsylvania and Brookfield police in Ohio continue to investigate the death and will know more once autopsy results are complete.

Faustino said Sharon and Brookfield police had planned to continue searching at 9 a.m. Saturday, and the Trumbull County Dive Team was scheduled to return by 10 a.m.

“Obviously it’s not a happy thing because you always hope you’ll find him alive,” Faustino said. “There is closure for the family, that he was found.”

The boy’s father, Mark Goodrich Sr. reported his son missing Thursday evening, after not hearing from him for nearly 12 hours. This prompted the Trumbull County Dive Team, along with Brookfield, Mecca, Weathersfield and Sharon police and fire, to spend five hours on Friday searching the river banks along U.S. Route 62 and the Pennsylvania state line.

Faustino said police met with the boy’s family Friday evening and explained why they had to discontinue the search after dark.

“It was a difficult thing, and they wanted to know why we couldn’t keep looking,” he said. “Once we explained the dangers, especially to the dive team, they understood.”


1southsidedave(5189 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

So terribly sad, my prayers are certainly with the family.

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2whitesabbath(738 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

Very tragic, wondering why the child was left unsupervised in the first place, hindsight unfortunately is always 20/20.

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3slappysmith(55 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

what story are you reading Rally, there is nothing about friends luring him away from his home

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4slappysmith(55 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

my prayers also go out to this young mans family, so tragic, and very sad.

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5fcb(459 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

I remember when I was a child there were public swimming pools,with life guards,on every side of town. It's a shame the children of today don't have that.In the past week two children have drowned.This child went into the river because there was no where else for him to go swimming.A teenager drowned in Liberty because he went into a swim club pool at night when it was closed,because there was no place for him to go swimming. We need to get our priorities straight in the use of public monies!!

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6dawn421(265 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

@ slappy. rally seems to be an authority on ever article the vindy has on here so maybe he comments so much he got confused? he is an expert on southside of y town and now in penn. wow he must have a lot of homes to know so muc about every city and township.

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7Maggie_Pentz(88 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

This may be what "Rally" is referring to: http://www.wkbn.com/content/news/loca...

Although I agree about the necessity of public pools, the young man who died at Logan lived very close to the Northside Pool. That particular drowning, however tragic, had more to do with kids being kids, not lack of access to a swimming pool.

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8hollywood(94 comments)posted 3 years, 11 months ago

im so sorry 4 the lose of your son!!!!! my prayers are with the norris family.

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