Investigation underway following discovery of body in Logan County, WV

LOGAN COUNTY, W.Va. (WYMT/WSAZ) - A tip from neighbors led deputies to human remains Sunday afternoon.

Logan County deputies say they discovered a wrecked ATV and human remains on Henlawson Road.

While the description of the ATV found Sunday matches that of missing man James Marcum, deputies say it’s too soon to positively identify the remains.

Marcum disappeared on June 4th. The search lasted more than a month. Deputies, troopers and volunteers combed the area and took to the skies to find 44-year-old Marcum, but back then, the wooded terrain wasn't on their side.

“It's a very thick brush and vegetation,” Cpl. M.C. Sutherland of the Logan County Sheriff’s Office said Sunday. “We combed everywhere … the vegetation and everything we just couldn't locate him.”

Neighbor Rufus Collins also saw the wrecked ATV several days ago but said he didn’t realize remains were nearby.

“I saw the four wheeler sticking up down there, saw the wheels sticking up,” Collins said.

Officials from the Medical Examiner’s Officer assisted deputies Sunday. The remains have been taken to the Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification.

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