UPDATE: Missing man in Princeton is found safe


UPDATE: Troopers with the Princeton detachment of WV State Police said Mark Stephenson was found safe on Wednesday, February 10 around 9 p.m.  He reportedly called police after seeing he had been reported missing on the news. Stephenson is at home with family and safe.


State Troopers in Princeton are searching for a missing man.  Family members of Mark Stephenson said he was last seen on Monday February 8, 2016.  Troopers searched all day Wednesday February 10, 2016 for Stephenson.  He’s 5’10 and weighs around 200 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.  Investigators said his family members told them he was last seen in the Glenwood area around 10 Monday night.  Police braved the bitter cold in effort to find Stephenson.

Cpl. James Long said, “There’s a lot of dangers being out missing or just being out in cold weather like this.  The temperatures are between 10 to 15 degrees, a lot of cold weather injuries frost bite, hypothermia, possibly freeze to death if you don’t have enough clothing.  It’s very dangerous and very deadly.”

Stephenson was reportedly last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark colored toboggan. He didn’t have on a coat.  Troopers said according to family members, Stephenson logged on Facebook on Tuesday for a couple of minutes.  Troopers told 59News a family member said the missing man sent a text saying he was confused and was going to stay warm under piles of hay in a barn. 

Community members are praying for Stephenson’s safe return. 

James Caristo said, “Hopefully you know he’s somewhere where he’s safe right now and hopefully you know we can get the information to the police and he can be found sometime soon so he can be returned to his family.”

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can call state police at 304-425-2101.


West Virginia State Police are searching for a missing Mercer County man. 

Mark Stephenson was reported missing by family members Tuesday evening. He was last seen at about 10 p.m. Monday in the Glenwood area of Mercer County.

We’re told Stephenson was last seen wearing blue jeans and a dark colored toboggan. He was not wearing a jacket.

Troopers said Stephenson sent a text to a family member Monday night, saying he was confused and was going to stay warm in a barn under piles of hay.

If you have any information on his whereabouts, call the Princeton detachment of the State Police. 

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