UPDATE: Authorities searching West Fork River after reported drowning


UPDATE (3/26/18 at 3:45 p.m.):

Crews are continuing to search for a body after a reported drowning in the West Fork River over the weekend.

The Clarksburg Fire Department had boats in the water Monday afternoon at approximately 2 p.m. Cadaver dogs from the Grafton Volunteer Fire Department are also searching the riverbanks about a quarter of a mile past the Route 50 intersection along Route 19 North.

The Clarksburg Police Department and the Nutter Fort Volunteer Fire Department are also assisting crews on scene.

The Clarksburg Police are also using a drone to get video of the area.

Stay with 12 News for updates on this story.


UPDATE (3/25/18 7:34 p.m.):

After several hours of searching the West Fork River on Sunday, crews called off the search around 7 p.m. 

Chief Robert Hilliard of the Clarksburg Police Department said a dive team from the Morgantown Police Department assisted in Sunday’s search. 

He also said no missing persons reports have been filed, and he is unsure if crews will continue the search in coming days. 

Stay with 12 News for the latest developments. 


ORIGINAL (3/24/18 7:56 p.m.): 

Authorities have temporarily called off the search after a drowning was reported on Saturday evening in Harrison County. 

According to the 911 center, a call came in around 5:00 p.m. for reports of a body in the West Fork River off of Route 19 in Clarksburg. 

Chief Robert Hilliard of the Clarksburg Police Department said a body was last seen near Adamston along the bridge. 

Crews from the Clarksburg and Nutter Fort Fire Departments were in boats searching the river until it became too dark. 

Chief Hilliard said the search will resume on Sunday morning. 

Stay with 12 News for the latest updates. 

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