John D. Seyfang II, Joellynn “Jodi” Johnston-Seyfang and their dog, Prudence, were on board the boat at their dock at the Bay Point Resort and Marina in Marblehead in Ottawa County, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, which is investigating. Department spokeswoman Stephanie Leis said a neighbor made the discovery Sunday about 8:45 a.m.
The well-known couple from Stoutsville — he was 49, she was 54 — owned the Seyfang Electrical company and the Aufait Touch Day Spa in Circleville. By Monday afternoon, a memorial of flowers and notes was growing outside the spa, and online tributes were pouring in from their friends and customers.
The Watt Street Tavern in Circleville was among the many taking to social media on Monday to express their grief and share condolences. Sharing a photo of a bottle of red wine and a full glass, the tavern posted, “A glass of 19 Crimes will sit here forever and for always in memory of two of our dearest friends, John and Jodi Seyfang. All of our love is with the Seyfang-Johnston family during this devastating time.”
Another friend, a member of the couple’s boating community, posted publicly on Facebook: “I still can’t wrap my head around this and it feels like a bad dream. Still in shock .. I still can’t believe you are gone. Our hearts are heavy. Prayers to your kids, grandkids, family and friends who all feel this great loss. You both had such a sunshine presence and always had such a happy, positive vibe. We love you and will all miss you dearly.”
Leis said the bodies were taken to the Lucas County coroner’s office for autopsies.