11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 22, 2018 UPDATE:
Deputies in Wyoming County have released more information about a body that was found in the Clear Fork River on Saturday, Jan. 20. Dennis Lane was reported missing by his family on Tuesday, Jan. 16. They told law enforcement officers they had not seen him since Sunday night.
According to investigators, a relative told deputies he and Lane were doing meth when they wrecked their car. He went on to say they saw headlights and thought it was the police. Dennis Lane told the relative that he was going toward the river.
A search involving local fire departments and the Corps of Engineers began on Wednesday. Nothing was found until a jogger came across the body on the side of the river bank. Deputies said it appears that Lane crossed the river, waited, then came back to bank at a low spot where he crossed back over. That is when deputies believe he succumbed to the cold.
UPDATE 1/21 @ 5:30 P.M
59 News learned the name of the victim in the investigation. Dennis Lane, 41, of Lynco was found around 4 p.m. Sunday, January 20, 2018 by the Clear Fork River.
Deputies began an investigation and said it appeared Lane separated from his brother last Sunday, January 14, 2018.
When authorities found Lane they said they believe he froze to death. Lane’s body has been sent to Charleston for an autopsy.
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ORIGINAL 1/20 –
Deputies with the Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department are investigating a body found near Sun Hill.
Limited details are being released at this hour, but Chief Deputy Jimmy White told 59 News a body was found in the Clear Fork River.
Deputies have began an investigation into what happened. The cause of death is believed to be exposure to the cold.
The identity of the body is not being released at this time as not all family members have been notified.
The body is being sent to Charleston for an autopsy.
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