COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) – Homicide detectives are looking for a suspect after police found a body in a pond on the west side of Columbus.

The Columbus Division of Police said it is looking for John M. Ferry, 46, in connection with the killing of Robert K. Marsh III, 51. Detectives learned the pair got into a fight which led to Marsh’s death. CPD said Ferry has since been charged with murder, but his whereabouts are unknown.

John M. Ferry. (Courtesy Photo/Columbus Division of Police)

Columbus police originally responded Wednesday morning to a reported drowning, at the Camp Chase Rail Trail at Wilson Road Park. Officers found Marsh’s body in a nearby pond, and a team from the Columbus Division of Fire pronounced him dead at 10:31 a.m.

A CPD spokesperson later confirmed homicide detectives, a dive team and crime scene unit arrived at the scene to investigate, as Marsh looked as if he had been in a fight before he died. The division asked anyone who sees Ferry to avoid approaching him and immediately call 911.

CPD said Marsh’s death in the park — near S. 275 Wilson Rd. — marked the city’s 129th homicide in 2022.