Teen’s body found in creek at nature preserve


CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the body of an 18-year-old high school student has been found in a creek at a southern Ohio nature preserve.

The Ross County Sheriff’s Office says Randon Cochran’s body was found Monday evening in Paint Creek about 1.5 miles from where he went into the water early Sunday while camping with friends on an island at Buzzard’s Roost Nature Preserve.

Authorities began searching for Cochran after receiving a 911 call shortly after 3 a.m. Sunday.

Cochran was a student at the Pickaway-Ross Career & Technology Center High School. Superintendent Dennis Franks says the school has made counselors available for students.

The nature preserve is roughly 53 miles south of downtown Columbus.