Missing bicyclist found dead in ditch, troopers ask for witnesses

MONTVILLE, OH (WOIO) - A 56-year-old man found dead in a ditch with his bicycle.

It happened around 8:30AM on U.S. 6 between SR 86 and SR 528 in Montville Township, Geauga County.

Ohio Highway Patrol Troopers tell 19 Action News it appears  Alan Fernandez of Chardon was riding  his bicycle eastbound on Route 6, when he somehow went off the road and landed in a deep ditch.

Fernandez was reported missing to the Geauga County Sheriffs Office and was last seen on July 9th, 2011.

Troops are now asking anyone who may have seen Fernandez riding his bicycle between July 9th and today is asked to call the Chardon Post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol  at 440-286-6612.

Troopers are investigating, but it does not appear that foul play is involved.

The coroner will do an autopsy.

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