Probe continues into death of Aurora residents' son; foul play ruled out

by DAVD O'BRIEN RECORD-COURIER REPORTER Published:

Rootstown -- The Portage County Sheriff's Department is investigating the death of a Streetsboro man found dead in Rootstown on April 1 after he was reported missing since early in the morning of March 30.

Sheriff's detective Lt. Greg Johnson said an autopsy on the body of James J. Goggin, 25, of Frost Road, was done by the Summit County medical examiner's office in Akron on April 2.

According to an obituary for Goggin, his parents have an Aurora address.

Johnson said there were no signs of trauma on Goggin's body, and that there is "no indication at this time of any foul play. There were no signs of abuse, no signs of injuries on the body."

Toxicology results are expected in three to four weeks. Goggin also still had his wallet, money and personal possessions on him when he was found, Johnson added.

His body was found almost a half-mile into the swampy area by searchers responding to a missing persons report filed with Streetsboro police March 31when Goggin didn't show up for work.

Investigators said Goggin and a group of co-workers were leaving Roxy's gentleman's club on Tallmadge Road in Rootstown and climbing into a taxi early March 30 when Goggin disappeared.

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

Goggin's friends apparently thought he went back inside the club, Beaver said. "Nothing is jumping out that's indicating any criminal activity, but we want to make sure we do a complete investigation," Johnson added.

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.

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