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MIDDLEPORT — What started out as a methamphetamine investigation ended in the death of one person on Saturday night in Middleport.

According to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood, officers with the Middleport Police Department responded to an area of Leading Creek near the Ohio River in Middleport on Saturday evening on a methamphetamine lab call.

Two individuals were taken into custody at the scene.

According to Sheriff Wood, John A. Ward, 48, was taken into custody along with a female. Ward fled from the officers after being taken into custody, jumping into Leading Creek where he drowned. Ward had previously been arrested on July 10 on methamphetamine charges from a meth lab located in Harrisonville.

The name and age of the female involved are not being released at this time.

The Ohio Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation is conducting an investigation into the incident.

Assisting on the scene were the Middleport Police Department, Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Middleport Fire Department and Pomeroy Fire Department.

More information will be provided by The Daily Sentinel as it becomes available.

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