MIssing Streetsboro man's body found in Rootstown

by DAVE O'BRIEN | RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published:

The body of a Streetsboro man reported missing on Monday was found Tuesday morning in a swampy area in Rootstown, not far from where he was last seen Saturday night.

Streetsboro police said the body of James J. Goggin, 25, was found at approximately 9 a.m. Tuesday in a swamp north of Karry Road in Rootstown, less than a mile from where he was last seen in the 4300 block of Tallmadge Road at approximately 11 p.m. Saturday.

The body was found after a "systematic" search of the area. While there were "no immediate signs of foul play," the death is being investigated by the Portage County Sheriff's Office and the Portage County Coroner's Office, police said.

Streetsboro police Lt. Troy Beaver said Goggin and a group of friends were at Roxy's Gentleman's Club at 4036 Tallmadge Road on Saturday night.

"A taxi came to pick up him and his buddies, and in the process of getting into the cab, he disappeared," he said.

Goggin's friends apparently thought he went back inside the club, Beaver said. Goggin's coworkers reported him missing when he didn't show up for work on Monday, he said.

Beaver said there is no indication of a crime in Goggin's death, "but until they get an autopsy we won't know."

Sheriff's detective Lt. Greg Johnson said an autopsy is scheduled to take place today at the Summit County Medical Examiner's Office in Akron.

"Nothing is jumping out that's indicating any criminal activity, but we want to make sure we do a complete investigation," Johnson said.

Friends and acquaintances said Goggin was a graduate of Crestwood High School in Mantua and was very popular. Johnson said his heart went out to Goggin's family.

"They're just nice people," he said.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Portage County Sheriff's Office at 330-296-5100 or Streetsboro police at 330-626-4976.

Contact this reporter at 330-298-1128 or dobrien@recordpub.com

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