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Second body found in river

By Staff | Apr 4, 2012

For the second time in a matter of days, another body has been discovered in the Ohio River. According to WTRF-TV, the body was found by an employee of the Oxford Mining Company. The employee was working on the loading dock when the body was sighted around 4 p.m. Monday.

When contacted by the Tyler Star News, Deputy Chief M. Kimball of the Wheeling Police Department confirmed the report and said the body appears to be a male of indeterminate race.

“When a body has been in the water for an extended period of time, there is discoloration,” explained Chief Kimball. “There was no identification on the body,” he added.

Kimball said the body had been in the river for an undetermined amount of time, therefore there was no way to estimate the age of the remains.

The individual was wearing a black T-shirt, jeans, and boots,” said Kimball. “It appears there is a tattoo on the right forearm, as well.”

A local coroner was called to the scene and did a preliminary examination of the body. The initial examination found no signs of foul play.

The body was later transported to Charleston to the State Medical Examiner’s office for a complete autopsy.

Just one week ago (Monday, March26) police recovered the body of another unidentified man from the Ohio River near Clarington. The investigation was turned over to the West Virginia State Police Department.

Both investigations will be handled by West Virginia law enforcement because the Ohio River is under the state’s jurisdiction.

Anyone with information pertaining to the identity of either of the victims may call the WV State Police.