BUCKS TWP. An 18-year-old man died Thursday after he spent the day mowing at the Ohio Northern University Metzger Nature Center, according to a report from the Tuscarawas County Sheriff’s Office.
Tuscarawas County coroner Jeff Cameron identified him as Mitchell Williams. Cleveland Fox 8 news identified him as a student at Perry High School in Stark County.
The television station quoted Tuscarawas County Sheriff Orvis Campbell as saying Williams was on the first day of his new job, working for a landscaping company.
Co-workers called 911 several times, but was unable to hear the dispatcher because of poor cell service, the sheriff said. Paramedics arrived and pronounced the teen dead at the scene.
A ruling on the cause of death is pending with the Tuscarawas County Coroner’s Office, which reported that an autopsy had been conducted. According to Campbell, Williams’ temperature was very high.
A deputy sheriff was called to the 70-acre site about 4 miles south of Ragersville at 4:52 p.m. Thursday to assist an ambulance.
The deceased had been doing lawn care all day, the report said. The family was notified Thursday evening.
Amy Prigge, ONU’s executive director of communication and marketing, said any information about the teen would have to come from the contractor.
A phone number for the contractor was not available.
Details on funeral arrangements for Williams, who just finished his junior year, are not available at this time.
Fox 8 reported further that counselors will be at the Perry High School library from 9 a.m. to noon Monday for students.
The nature center is at 5716 King Road SW. It includes a century-old farmhouse, natural springs and streams, stone gulleys, forests and fields, according to the university’s website. It is designed as a field station for the biological sciences.
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