UPDATE: Body of man found in Salem abandoned building identified


UPDATE (7/29/2021 11:15 a.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. — The Harrison County Sheriff’s Department has released more information into the body found in Salem on July 19.

According to the release, the body has been identified as that of Jesse Gray, 31, of Pennsboro.

While there were no signs of foul play, deputies did find drug paraphernalia and evidence of drug use present at the scene with the body, according to the release.

An autopsy showed that “there were no obvious injuries” and a toxicology report is still pending, the release states.

ORIGINAL (7/26/2021 2:01 p.m.):

SALEM, W.Va. — A body has been found at an abandoned building in Salem.

On July 19, officers with the Salem Police Department were on patrol when they were alerted to a body being found in an abandoned building on East Main Street in Salem, according to the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department.

Officers discovered a deceased male in the building, and deputies with the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department began an investigation, deputies said.

Deputies are working with the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office in Charleston in order to discover the identity of the man, as well as discover the man’s cause of death, according to the sheriff’s department.

At this time deputies do not suspect foul play in the cause of the man’s death, deputies said.

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