Cause of man's death undetermined

Torion Lowe comforts Theresa Ramey, aunt of Jimmy Neff, who’s body was found Sunday in Hargus Creek. Lowe was one of three friends who searched for Neff, who had been missing for several days.

CIRCLEVILLE – What happened to a Circleville man, whose body was found in Hargus Creek Sunday afternoon may not be known for awhile.

The Montgomery County Coroner’s Office said Monday it may take up to seven weeks before it would issue its findings about what caused Jimmy Neff,’s death. He was discovered in about 3 feet of creek water near Watt Street.

Further, the Circleville Police Department has yet to issue a report on the incident and declined Monday to release a missing person’s report on Neff that the Herald requested.

In the statement, police recapped the events of Sunday and said the “matter is still under investigation.”

Friends of Neff spent time Sunday looking for him. They started their search along the Lancaster Pike road near Big Lots, where they said he was known to hang out.

They looked under the bridge on Lancaster Pike and then walked west along Watt Street looking in the area of the creek. Hemm said he walked on a small bridge that crosses over the creek so he could get a better look down into the water creek. That’s when he saw something in the water, not too far west from where he was looking. He identified Neff by the shoes he was wearing.

Police, fire and rescue crews arrived on the scene starting around 1:40 p.m.

There were Facebook postings from acquaintances and family over the days he went missing as Neff’s disappearance lengthened. One sought volunteers to reach out to area hospitals and other organizations.

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