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Missing Tyler County Man’s Body Recovered in Cabell County

By Staff | Feb 7, 2017

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. — A Tyler County man’s body was recovered Tuesday from the Guyandotte River, according to a Cabell County dispatcher.

Barboursville police believe Mitchell Higgins, 22, of Sistersville is the man who crashed his car on Interstate 64 early Saturday before jumping more than a 100 feet from the bridge spanning the Guyandotte River in Barboursville in Cabell County. It’s unknown if he fell into the river or on land.

Investigators said Higgins may have been disoriented after the crash and did not realize how steep the bank was in that area, according to reports.

Emergency personnel had been searching for Higgins since Saturday morning.

The body was found more than a mile downstream from the bridge Tuesday afternoon along a riverbank near Guyan River Road in Barboursville.

The West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office was called to the scene.

According to Marshall University, Higgins was a history major at the school.

Higgins graduated from Tyler Consolidated High School in 2013. He was a member of the Silver Knights golf and soccer teams.