UPDATE | Authorities seek details about missing Ohio man

ATHENS, Ohio (AP) — Police in southeast Ohio say they have reason to believe that a missing man may have committed suicide in a river that runs through Ohio University’s campus.

A release from Athens County Crime Solvers Anonymous says 21-year-old Sam Wiater may have indicated to his mother and girlfriend that he planned to end his life in the Hocking River. He has been missing for about two weeks.

The Athens Messenger reports that while Wiater’s car was found near the river, an infrared search of the river and nearby area failed to turn up any evidence. Dive teams and sonar also could not find him.

Athens Police Chief Tom Pyle tells the newspaper it’s still a missing-persons case.

Police say Wiater, of Pickerington, was not a student at Ohio University.

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