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Hancock County authorities still searching for suspects

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — A Hancock County Sheriff’s Office spokesman said investigators are making progress into identifying the suspects behind a body discovered last month near Mountaineer.

It has been three weeks since deputies were dispatched to Racetrack Road off Route 208 around 4:30 p.m. to investigate a dead body. It was found about 70 yards off the roadway in an area frequented by ATV riders.

Not much new has happened in the meantime that can be released. But progress continues to be made in the case, explained Chief Deputy Art Watson. “The investigation is continuing and they are working hard, but we have no prime suspect yet,” he added.

Watson said the victim, who was the driver of a 2020 Range Rover rental with New York license plates found torched in Madison Township, has been identified by authorities. However, Watson declined to share that information publicly out of concern for the victim’s elderly family members.

Although the autopsy done weeks ago did confirm that the victim had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, nothing else has came back yet.

Watson explained that while each county in Ohio has its own coroner or medical examiner that is not the case in West Virginia, where one handles everyone’s cases. He added that he is still confident, as detectives continue to work the case and try to establish a timeline.

Anyone with information is asked to call (304) 456-4100 and speak with detectives Chris Waide or Doug Wade.

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