Body found in river

NEW CUMBERLAND – The body of a man discovered in the Ohio River around 10 a.m. Friday by security guards with FirstEnergy’s W.H. Sammis Plant will be sent to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston for an autopsy and identification, the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department reported.

According to Jefferson County Sheriff Fred Abdalla, the body of a man was seen at about 10 a.m. on Friday, and the Stratton Fire Department recovered the body and brought the male to shore.

Hancock County Sheriff Ralph Fletcher said there was some confusion as to whether or not the body had been examined by the coroner’s office in Ohio, causing delay in determining which agency would continue the investigation due to a misunderstanding at the scene.

“It has always been understood the western border of West Virginia is the high water mark on the western side of the Ohio River,” said Fletcher. ” Any investigations concerning incidents involving the river have remained under West Virginia’s jurisdiction.”

The body was taken to Weirton Medical Center, pending transfer to the state medical examiner’s office, Fletcher said.