UPDATE: 08/11/2013 6:47 PM
Police are investigating just what happened outside a Beverly bar Saturday night. A dead body was found in the water near The Valley Inn Sunday afternoon.
Officials identified the man as John Duncan, 39, of Malta. Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says employees of The Valley Inn in Beverly called 911 at about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
They were going to open the bar off State Route 60 Sunday morning, when they noticed the body lying face down in the Muskingum River canal.
"We have detectives here on scene that are down here processing the crime scene and every deceased body we find is treated like a homicide and they're going to process the scene and such and follow up on investigative leads," says Washington County Sheriff's Captain Troy Hawkins.
It appears Duncan died within 24 hours of being found. The Beverly Police Department is heading up the investigation.
Sheriff Mincks says the body has been sent for an autopsy to determine cause of death. It should be completed within a few days.
According to a signed affidavit, Duncan was at the bar Saturday night with his friend James Bywater.
It states the two got in a fight with Timothy Wines in the bar parking lot. On Sunday, police arrested Wines for assault.
The affidavit says surveillance footage shows Wines hitting Bywater and Bywater has a large gash over his eye.
Wines is not charged in connection with Duncan's death.
A dead body is found in the water near a Beverly bar.
Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks says employees of The Valley Inn in Beverly called 911 at about 1 o'clock Sunday afternoon.
They were going to open the bar off State Route 60 this morning, when they noticed the body lying face down in the Muskingum River canal.
Officials say the deceased is a white, middle-aged man. Sheriff Mincks says they have identified the man, but are not releasing his name at this point.
It appears he died within the past 24 hours. The Beverly Police Department is heading the investigation. Washington County Sheriff's Crime Team and homicide detectives are assisting.
We have a reporter on scene. Stay tuned to WTAP News and thenewscenter.tv for the latest updates.