OTTOVILLE — On Sunday, June 22, at
10:34 p.m. the Putnam County Sheriff's Office received a 911 transfer
call from Van Wert County Sheriff's Office for a possible drowning in
Upon speaking with the caller it
appeared at 59-year-old Donald J. Burgei of Ottoville had possibly
drowned in the family pond. He had been home alone and was missing at
the time of the 911 call.
The Putnam County Sheriff's Office Dive
Team and Delphos Fire and Rescue Dive Team conducted an investigation
and search of the water. They were assisted on scene by Continental
Fire and boat, Ottoville EMS, Ottoville Fire, and Delphos Fire.
At approximately 11:49 p.m. Donald
Burgei was recovered and pulled from the water. The Sheriff's Office,
Assistant Coroner for Putnam County Dr. L. Criblez and the Lucas
County Coroner's Office are continuing to investigate the cause of
An autopsy has been ordered. There is
no further information available at this time.