By Melanie Yingst
TROY — After nearly 10 days of searching, 20 year-old Cameron Buerger’s body was found by a Ohio Department of Natural Resource officer on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River at approximately 2:30 p.m. Tuesday afternoon.
Buerger was found about five miles upstream from where friend 19 year-old Marty Stanaford was found Friday.
Stanaford’s body was found by a volunteer on a jet ski on Friday on the Ohio side of the river in Brown County.
Buerger’s body was located between Straight Creek and White Oak Creek, in Bracken County, Ky. The canoe was located nearly 60 miles from their last known location over the weekend. According to officials, Bracken County, Kentucky’s coroner was on the scene of the recovery Tuesday afternoon.
Stanaford, Buerger, and their friend, Paige Terry, were visiting a home owned by Buerger’s family just outside of Higginsport, on the weekend of May 3. Terry did not venture out into the canoe with the two men on Saturday evening and called police when the two didn’t return Saturday.
That phone call prompted a frantic search for the two Troy High School graduates which came to a close on Tuesday afternoon.
Volunteers, law enforcement from three states and dozens of friends and family combed the river banks searching for answers to the disappearance of the two teens.
“Every one worked really hard to locate the boys,”said Matt Eiselstein,Ohio Department of Natural Resources spokesman. “Their families, their friends and all the volunteers were instrumental in helping us.
“This was multi-agency and multi-jurisdiction search,” said Eiselstein.”At this point we are just bringing the search to a close.”
ODNR was the agency that led the search and recovery efforts throughout the 10-day search from Buerger and Stanaford.
Eiselstein said ODNR officials worked tirelessly trying to find the two teens who went missing on the Ohio River.
“ODNR had someone looking on the river 24 hours a day and seven days a week throughout this investigation, ” he said.
Miami County’s branch of ODNR also assisted at one point in the search last week. ODNR also utilized three boats equipped with sonar during the search efforts.
Stanaford’s funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 16, 2014 at Baird Funeral Home of Troy with Rev. Dr. Richard Culp officiating. Burial will follow in Riverside Cemetery of Troy. Friends may call from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday at the funeral home. Stanaford’s complete obituary can be found on Page 5.
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