UPDATE: Jan. 5, 2023, 10 p.m.

Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard has confirmed to 7NEWS that human remains were discovered earlier this evening in an ongoing search that has been taking place in Ohio County.

The remains were discovered in a wooded area of Leopold Lane.

Sheriff Howard also tells us that the scene is now closed, and the remains have been taken to Kepner Funeral Home.

A medical examiner has been called in to examine the remains, which Sheriff Howard tells us have been there for a while.

“An out-of-state agency notified us about a missing person. They gave us the tip, we started on this a couple of days ago working with Tyler County Search and Rescue. They came up, Ohio County Sheriff’s Office worked with them, and then we had to bring in the state police with some equipment they had to help find the area. We pretty much knew where the area was, we identified it, we wanted to make sure, so we began to dig at the area, carefully, to make a discovery, and today we did discover the remains. So now they’ll be identified by the medical examiner.

Ohio County, W.Va. Sheriff Tom Howard

Sheriff Howard says there is still a lot of investigation and follow up to do, so stay with 7NEWS as we learn more.

UPDATE: Jan. 5, 2023, 5:34 p.m.

Ohio County Sheriff Tom Howard confirms to 7News that human remains were found in the search of an Ohio County location on Thursday.

The sheriff said the remains were taken to Kepner Funeral Home and that the medical examiner is on the way there.

Howard says it appears that the remains were at the Leopold Avenue scene for “awhile.”

He also says there is a lot of investigative work to do on this case, but the scene is now closed.

Howard also said it will take “awhile” to identify the remains.

Stay with 7News and WTRF.com for updates.


Police are working in a wooded area Thursday afternoon looking for a missing person.

This is happening off Leopold Lane in Ohio County.

Sheriff Tom Howard says they got a tip about a missing person and called in Tyler County search and rescue and state police.

Sheriff Howard is calling it an active investigation.

We do know they are still on scene as of early Thursday evening and the tip about the missing person came from a state agency.

7News is also at the scene and will bring you any new details as soon as we get them.

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