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Franklin Co. official finds body of drowned man on fishing trip

May 28, 2007|by JENNIFER FITCH

DUNCANNON, Pa. - Franklin County (Pa.) Commissioner G. Warren Elliott was still shaken Sunday, two days after finding the body of a man in the Juniata River near Duncannon.

Timothy W. Kinsinger, 38, of Halifax Township in Dauphin County, Pa., was the victim of an accidental drowning at 7:10 p.m., Perry County Coroner Mike Shalonis said.

A woman called to Elliott from shore, telling him her friend Tim was missing. Elliott said he had earlier seen a man and woman swimming up the river from him.

Elliott talked to another fisherman, who said he saw what he thought was a dead goose. They soon found it was the man's body and called 911.

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"It's every fisherman's worst nightmare. It's something you hope you'll never experience," he said.

The water was less than 3 feet deep where Elliott found Kinsinger.

"It reminds us that any water can be dangerous," Elliott said.

The two men loaded the body into a boat and took it to shore, he said.

"I was supposed to fish all day Saturday, and I didn't feel inclined to go out on the water," said Elliott, who typically fishes for smallmouth bass this time of year.

He sought solace from friends and family Friday.

"You look back on it, and you were thrown into something very quickly. Once everybody leaves the scene, you're left there all alone," Elliott said.

He has gained some perspective on an incident he called "somewhat traumatic."

"If nothing else, it probably brought some closure to his friends and family sooner," Elliott said, saying the body could have easily traveled farther along.

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