Body found along back channel of Ohio River identified

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The WV Medical Examiner’s Office has positive identified the body found along the back-channel shoreline of the Ohio River on Sunday as Joseph Herring of Martins Ferry.

Herring, 37, had been missing since early January.

According to officials, dental records were used to identify Herring. Preliminary, there were no obvious signs of foul play.

The cause and manner of Herring’s death remains undetermined at this time.

Wheeling PD has notified next of kin and the Martins Ferry, Ohio Police Department, were Herring has been a missing person since early January.

A boater on the back channel of the Ohio River spotted Herring’s body and reported it to Wheeling Police.

UPDATE, 6:08 p.m.

Wheeling Police confirm a body was found on the back channel of the Ohio River late Sunday afternoon. 

According to Public Information Officer Philip Stahl, the body had some evidence of decomposition. 

The body will be sent to the Charleston Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. 

There are currently no missing persons reports out of the City of Wheeling, though there are at least two men missing out of Jefferson and Belmont Counties in Ohio. 

A fisherman made the original call to police after spotting the body.


Wheeling Police detectives are investigating after a fisherman called in reports of a possible body on the back channel of the Ohio River on Wheeling Island. 

According to Public Information Officer Philip Stahl, the call came in around 4:50 p.m.

As of 5:40 p.m., police are waiting on the Medical Examiner’s Office and more detectives to arrive on scene.

It has not been confirmed by officers that a body has been found. 

This is a developing story. Stay with 7News and for the latest information.

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