Identity of Man Pulled From Ohio River Not Being Released Until Autopsy Complete
Hancock County, W.Va. -
Hancock County authorities said they recovered a man's body from the Ohio River on Tuesday about 10 feet from the shoreline near the Columbiana County Port Authority.
Authorities received a call at about 3:40 p.m. from an employee of Quality Liquid Seeds of Wellsville, Ohio, reporting a body. Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said the body was viewed by the Hancock County Medical Examiner before being sent to West Virginia Medical Examiner's Office in Charleston for an autopsy.
"They recovered the body of a white male wearing blue jeans, a dark Pittsburgh Penguins t-shirt under a hooded sweatshirt and no socks or shoes," noting the man also had pre-existing surgical scars on both knees ''said Fletcher.
The identity of the victim will not be released until the state medical examiner's office makes a positive identification. He said the results of the autopsy will determine whether it is the body of a missing Chester, West Virginia man.