June 27, 2016

Mostly sunny

Man drowns at Brunswick Lake

A 26-year-old man drowned Thursday morning in Brunswick Lake. Police were called to the lake at about 11:20 a.m. Medina County Coroner Dr. Neil Grabenstetter identified the man as Jonathan Fox, of Brunswick.

Grabenstetter declined to speculate on whether the death was accidental or a suicide.

Emergency vehicles, including a boat from the Southwest Emergency Response Team, leave Brunswick Lake, where a 28-year-old Brunswick man drowned Thursday morning. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

“That’s being investigated, so it’s premature,” he said.

Rick Barber, Brunswick’s assistant fire chief, said several people reported the incident.

“They saw him go in the lake but didn’t see him come back to the surface,” he said.

Barber said Fox was fully clothed and wearing boots. Swimming is not allowed at the lake, but boating and fishing are permitted.

Davea Dubetz, an Akron resident who grew up in Brunswick, said she had known Fox since middle school, and that he was a good friend of her family. He graduated from Brunswick High School and spent some time studying at Cuyahoga Community College, she said.

“He was really into history,” she said. “He was like a walking history book.”

The Southwest Emergency Response Team responded with a dive team along with Brunswick police and fire departments.

Divers pulled Fox from 12 feet of water near the dam after about 45 minutes of searching, Barber said.

Barber said visibility through the water was limited to about two to three feet.

Jerry Bauer, a 43-year-old Brunswick resident who was walking near the lake with his 6-year-old son, said he saw a man and a boy on the bridge pointing at the water as rescue squads arrived, but he didn’t see anything in the water.

The Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner’s Office will perform an autopsy.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.