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  • Writer's pictureScioto County Sheriff's Office

Drowning In Brush Creek

News Release

August 21, 2023

Scioto County Sheriff David Thoroughman states that his 911 communication center received a

9-1-1 call on Sunday, August 20,2023 at 6:59 pm. The caller stated that a male had fallen into

Brush Creek, between the Tatman Coe and McDermott Pond creek split area.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that deputies, along with emergency medical squads, responded to

the scene.  Deputies learned that a male subject had been fishing with a friend when he fell from

a log.  The male attempted to get to the water’s edge when the current pulled him under.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that the Portsmouth Fire Department and Police Department assisted

with a boat, drone and dive team.  They retrieved his body from the bottom of the creek,

approximately two feet from where he went under.

Sheriff Thoroughman stated that the male has been identified as Henry Hmung, age 38, from



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