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Family says death ‘was no accident’

Published: Mon, July 16, 2012 @ 7:36 p.m.

Family says death ‘was no accident’


The stepfather of Mark Goodrich Jr., 12, who drowned in the Shenango River last week near an abandoned railroad bridge, said the boy’s death “wasn’t no accident.”

“The two other boys had been trying to get him to jump off of the bridge for the longest time, and he didn’t want to,” Orlando Brooks said Monday at the home of Goodrich’s mother, Sheila May Goodrich.

Brooks said the Goodrich family has heard that two boys who were at the river with Mark Goodrich Jr. have said that a 13-year-old pushed Mark Goodrich Jr. off of a railroad trestle into the river, jumped on him and held him under the water. Mark Goodrich Jr. was also beaten, Brooks said.

Sharon Police Chief Mike Menster, meanwhile, says the autopsy results he received Sunday from Dr. Eric Vey, Erie County, Pa., forensic pathologist, indicated that Goodrich died of drowning — and revealed no signs of an assault.

The boy’s body was recovered from the river at 8:30 a.m. Saturday. He had been missing for nearly two days.

The family thinks Mark Goodrich Jr. was beaten, but the damage found on the body was from “being in the water that long,” Menster said.

Brookfield Police Chief Dan Faustino said police are not sure whether Goodrich was among several boys seen in a Duferco Steel surveillance video jumping into the river from the Ohio side of the river into the water. The video doesn’t show the boys getting out of the river, Faustino said.

Menster said the Mercer County coroner’s office will not rule on whether the drowning was accidental or not until the Sharon Police Department completes its investigation.

“We’re still trying to interview and re-interview anyone with information in the case,” Menster said. “Until we do that, we’re not going to rule out anything.”


1hollywood(94 comments)posted 4 years ago

god sees all!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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2LtMacGowan(714 comments)posted 4 years ago

so does the easter bunny!!!!!!!!!!!

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3TylerDurden(367 comments)posted 4 years ago

“wasn’t no accident.”

So it was an accident?

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4boxerlover(133 comments)posted 4 years ago

@ Tyler A 12 year old boy is dead and you're worried about double negatives? My condolences to the family.

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5BrothaLove(81 comments)posted 4 years ago

LtMacGowan and TylerDurden

This family has lost a young child and are grieving. Whatever their religious views may be or speaking errors, show some respect and allow them to have their say. All you have done is shown yourselves to be ignorant, arrogant buffoons.

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6JUSLIKEDIS(7 comments)posted 4 years ago

He drowned,so the investigation is now over?

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7Fred(131 comments)posted 4 years ago

Unless the public demands an investigation there will be nothing done beyond what has been done so far. The boy should not have been allowed to roam without adult supervision.

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8coffeeman(4 comments)posted 4 years ago

I'm so sorry for your loss and I offer my deepest condolences to your family. I pray that you find you answers and find peace in you heart. While watching the news I said to myself, WOW what a wonderful young man he was, he made a big impression on alot of people in his short lifetime. God be with you all.

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