Putnam County man apparently drowns

OTTOVILLE — A rural Ottoville man apparently drowned Sunday in a family pond, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office reports.
The body of Donald J. Burgei, 59, of 24962 Road P, was recovered from the pond about 11:49 p.m. Sunday by the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office Dive Team and the Delphos Fire and Rescue Dive Team.
The cause of death continues to be investigated, and an autopsy has been ordered, the sheriff’s office said.
Burgei was reported missing, through a 911 call, about 10:34 p.m. Sunday. The caller said Burgei had been home alone, was missing, and may have drowned, the sheriff’s office said.
Assisting at the scene were the Continental, Ottoville and Delphos fire departments, and Ottoville Emergency Medical Service.


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