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Man Identified After Van Pulled from The Ohio River

The coroners office says the investigation is still ongoing, the exact cause of death is unknown.

Posted: Dec 14, 2020 12:55 AM
Updated: Dec 14, 2020 7:17 PM

An update to a story we first broke Friday night, 44News was the first on the scene to bring you coverage.

The Henderson County Coroners Office says they've identified the man who drove his Dodge van into the Ohio River.

Sadly, 64-year-old Lonny Sparks of Henderson did not survive. Emergency crews pulled Sparks' van out of the Ohio River Friday night around 9:30.

Henderson Police were on scene within two minutes and spotted the van sinking 50 feet from the banks of the Ohio.

The coroners office say they are still working to determine the cause of death. The investigation is still ongoing.

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