HURON – Police reported the discovery of the body of a woman on Thursday who went missing five days earlier at Nickel Plate Beach, according to a news release.
Huron Police and Fire identified the woman as 29-year-old Brittany Elizabeth Young. The officers were called to the area at about 11 a.m. Thursday after a landscaper reported a body on the rocks of the Lake Erie shoreline in the 1100 block of By the Shores Drive.
Erie County Coroner Brian Baxter ordered an autopsy and Young’s family was notified. The examination will be conducted by the Lucas County Coroner’s Office.
“This is a terrible tragedy and we extend our deepest sympathies to Brittany’s family and friends,” said Huron Police Chief Bob Lippert in the release.
Police said Young first went missing on Sunday while swimming with her husband and a friend. She struggled in the rough water, went under and did not resurface.
Huron Police and Fire conducted a search with the U.S. Coast Guard, Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Perkins Township Police Department, the Norwalk, Milan, and Sandusky Fire Departments.
Young's death happened about a month after Alvin Martin, 18, of Ashland, also drowned at the beach.
Huron City Manager Andy White told the Sandusky Register after Young’s death that the situation on the lake was unusual this year because of the high water.
White said his staff had been checking the weather conditions at the beach each morning to decide if it should stay open, but the weather changed so quickly that he believes the city needs to have the power to close at any time of the day.
“The beach is closed indefinitely until we feel that we can secure the safety of the patrons to the park,” he said.
The city has ordered gates to cut off access to the beach and is placing signs with information on the dangers of the currents.
Funeral arrangements will be handled by Riddle Funeral Home, 5345 South Street, Vermilion.
Details released by the funeral home indicated Young, a former Lorain resident, worked for Holiday Inn Express in Vermilion and had been married for 3 years.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Aug. 1 at House of Praise International Church at 4321 Elyria Ave., Lorain. A private burial will take place at Maple Grove Cemetery, Vermilion.
The family suggests memorial contributions to The Maryssa's Mission Foundation, https://www.maryssasmission.org.