CANTON — Local authorities said they recovered the body of Ja’Ron Nero Monday afternoon from Nimishillen Creek.

Nero, 23, had been missing since he fled from police on Jan. 1 as they responded to a domestic dispute in the 700 block of Alan Page Drive SE.

The body was discovered around 3:20 p.m. Monday in the creek south of Mill Street SE.

“He has been identified with the help of the family,” said Rick Walters, an investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office.

Nero lived in the northeast section of Canton. He reportedly had been in a dispute with a woman and another man prior to police arriving at the scene. He was last seen scaling a fence with a police officer in pursuit.

His body was recovered about three quarters of a mile south of where the pursuit began.

“He was submerged,” Walters said. “Canton Fire (Department) was out doing a water search.”

An autopsy is scheduled to be performed Tuesday.

Nero’s family had asked police to take a boat down along the riverbanks to look for him.

“We are still trying to gather additional information,” police Lt. Dennis Garren said earlier in the afternoon.

 

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