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Authorities: Death of man found in sewage tank accidental

SOUTH SOLON, Ohio (AP) — Authorities say the death of a man found at the bottom of a drained sewage tank in Ohio appears to be accidental.

The Columbus Dispatch reports the body of 34-year-old James Powers was found Wednesday in the recently drained tank at a wastewater treatment plant in the Madison County village of South Solon.

Madison County Sheriff’s Lt. Bryan White says deputies earlier this month investigated a vandalism report at the plant. He says grates had been moved and pumps appeared to have been tampered with.

A tennis shoe was found near a missing grate. Deputies and plant employees had no reason to believe someone had fallen into the 15-foot-deep (4.6-meter-deep) tank, which was full at the time.

White says Powers was well known in the area and was sometimes homeless.

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Information from: The Columbus Dispatch, http://www.dispatch.com