A body of a man was pulled from Nimishillen Creek on Thursday afternoon in Canton along the 3500 block of Central Avenue SE.

As of Thursday evening, neither city police nor the Stark County Coroner’s Office had identified the man, whose body police said apparently had been in the water for an extended period of time.

“We don’t have a firm name,” said Harry Campbell, chief investigator with the Stark County Coroner’s Office. “We have a suspicion of who it is.”

The body was discovered at 3:48 p.m. Thursday. Police withheld information regarding who discovered the body in the creek.

The man was pronounced dead shortly before 5 p.m. Canton Township Fire Department firefighters retrieved the body from Nimishillen Creek.

Regarding any signs of trauma, “there was nothing outright,” police Sgt. Michael Gary said. “That is something the coroner will have to determine. They are still trying to ID (identify) the body is the last I heard.”

An autopsy will be performed Friday or Saturday.

“We are eyes wide-open right now,” Campbell said. “Cause and manner of death have yet to be determined.”

This is the second time within a month and a half that a man’s body was recovered from Nimishillen Creek. The body of Ja’Ron Nero, 23, was recovered south of Mill Street SE from the creek on Jan. 28. He had been missing since Jan. 1. Officials determined determined that Nero drowned.

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