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Body found in Tug Fork River

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A body is found in the Tug Fork River in Pike County, near the West Virginia line.

State police say the state medical examiner is working to identify the body and determine the cause of death.

Belfry Swift Water Rescue technician Mike Brown is one of several firefighters who recovered a body from the Tug Fork River in McCarr on Saturday evening.

"When we got there, we seen we had a victim that was lying face down, probably 20 to 25 feet out in the river, in the shallow portion of the water," said Brown.

Brown says some people looking for a missing man discovered the body floating in the river. "Looked like he'd been there a couple of days," said Brown.

14 firefighters from Belfry and Blackberry Departments helped recover the body.

Brown says the water was only about one foot deep where the body was.

The deputy coroner took the body to Frankfort where the state medical examiner is trying to identify the person.

"Detective Jason Merlo is looking into any missing persons that may have been in Pike County or bordering West Virginia," said Kentucky State Police Trooper Shaun Little.

Police are also trying to figure out how the man's body got into the river.

Brown said, "You couldn't tell from the angle he was laying, where he came from or how he got in."

Trooper Little said, "We may have information once identification is made and determine who this unknown subject is."

The medical examiner is also doing an autopsy to determine cause of death.

There is a missing man who was last seen in West Virginia near the Tug Fork River. 33 year old Channing Adkins disappeared on September 12th.

That is one case West Virginia police are examining in this case.


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