KIMBOLTON -- The Guernsey County Sheriff's Office is seeking the public's assistance in locating an individual apparently involved in a "heated" verbal altercation with former physician John B. Gholl, 52, just hours before he died.

Gholl's body was found along the shoreline at Salt Fork Lake just after 8 p.m. on June 20. He died as the result of a single gunshot wound.

"After seeing Dr. Gholl's picture in the newspaper, a witness reported seeing him involved in a heated argument with a white male at a location along U.S. 22 east of the Salt Fork entrance," said Sheriff Mike McCauley.

"The witness was able to provide us with a description of both Dr. Gholl, including the clothing he was wearing, and the second male, but we hope to obtain a better description of the second man or find someone who saw the altercation and knew the second man.

"The man was driving a pickup truck," added McCauley.

Anyone with information can call the sheriff's office at 439-4455.

The altercation occurred at approximately 5:30 p.m. on June 20 at an area along U.S. 22 where vehicles can pull off the roadway.

"There was a considerable amount of traffic in the area that day," said McCauley.

According to Guernsey County Coroner Dr. Janet Brockwell, the manner of death for Gholl is still pending.

An autopsy conducted at the Licking County Coroner's Office determined the cause of death was the gunshot wound.

Authoritie continued to search for the gun used in the shooting.

A dive team from Noble County searched the lake at Salt Fork Marina where Gholl's body was discovered by a passing boater.

Money and personal identification were found beside Gholl's body. His vehicle with the keys inside was found parked nearby.

The incident remained under investigation by the sheriff's office and Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification.