Body found in Ohio River identified
by Beth Sergent
GLENWOOD —The mystery surrounding the body found floating in the Ohio River at Glenwood last month has been solved with law enforcement officials in Lawrence County, Ohio quoted as saying the man was murdered.
According to the Mason County Detachment of the West Virginia State Police, the body was identified last week as James Alan Lawson of Proctorville, Ohio. Lawson had been missing since April 28.
In a press release, Trooper A.B. Wilson said after speaking with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston concerning the case, Wilson was advised based upon medical records that had been obtained and the confirmation of tattoos located on the body by two family members, the official identification was made.
Multiple media outlets have reported officials with the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department believe Lawson was murdered. The investigation into how he died is now a joint effort between the West Virginia State Police and the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department.
It’s been reported the day he went missing Lawson was supposed to check on rental property he owned in Ironton, Ohio but his car was later found abandoned on James River Road in Huntington.
The discovery of the body was made around 7 p.m., Sunday, May 20 by a woman walking along the Ohio River in Glenwood.
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