UPDATE: Body Pulled from Ohio River Likely Stuck in Debris for a Week


It has been a bizarre situation, a week in the making, as a man’s body is pulled from the Ohio River near a boat dock off Wheeling Island.

“We do have a male body, unidentified male body that we have pulled from the river,” said Sgt. Gregg McKenzie of the Wheeling Police Department.

It all started at 718 North Front Street a week ago, when Dave Davies noticed something stuck on his boat dock. At the time Davies, who did not wish to go on camera, didn’t think much of it. A week later, he thought it was time to call someone.  

“One of the local residents here observed an item in this debris. There is a lot of debris, as you can imagine with the high water,” said Wheeling Police Chief Shawn Schwertfeger. “Believed there was an ice chunk, initially, thought maybe a little differently and thought they should call us.”

Just before 12:30 p.m. the Ohio/Marshall County coroner arrived on scene. Upon initial examination she concluded that the body is that of a man. She told police; the body, which has no clothing, likely, entered the water wearing something, but due to the heavy currents of the river – they have since been swept away.

“We’ll treat it as a potential homicide or whatever the case may be,” Schwertfeger said. The coroner’s office will hopefully provide an autopsy and then obviously we’re going to be looking north of here for any missing persons and that short of thing.”

Who is this mystery man and how did he end up in the river? Those are questions police hope to have answers to sometime next week.

From here the body will be sent to Charleston, WV for identification and an autopsy.

Sgt. McKenzie says they will continue their investigation as they await the results.

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