LATEST: Deputies release ID of body found in Beckley area

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UPDATE 6/8/2018 @ 3 p.m.:  The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office has released the identity of the person who was found near the Comer Electric Building in Sprague.  The body was identified at Terry Clark Kennedy, Jr., 34, of Sprague.  

The cause of death has not been determined. Kennedy’s body was taken to the Office of the State Medical Examiner.

UPDATE 6/7/2018 @ 5:30 p.m.  Raleigh County lieutenant M.A. McCray and investigating deputies are amazed the body was just lying alongside one of Beckley’s busiest roads.

“The location to find something like this is not common,” McCray said.  “But it is something that you wouldn’t expect to find.”

But he says the body was well hidden from view.

“If you weren’t looking in the right spot, then it may be something that you wouldn’t notice just passing by,” McCray said.

While the state medical examiner’s office performs an autopsy to establish a cause of death, investigators are not ruling out foul play.

“You do see things that may be you’ve never seen before,” McCray said.  “But… there’s always a common ground.”

UPDATE 6/7/2018 @ 9:50 a.m.  Raleigh County Deputies have released new information after a body was discovered along a roadway in Beckley Wednesday night. 

The body was reportedly discovered off of Robert C. Byrd in the Sprague area. Deputies tell 59 News a teenager found the body while walking along the road. The body was reportedly in an embankment next to a business. 

Deputies said the body is of a man believed to be in his 30s or 40s. The body was sent to the state medical examiner’s office and hope to have preliminary results soon. 

Stay with 59 News on this developing story. 



BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A body was found in the Beckley area on Wednesday, June 6. 

Emergency dispatchers said they received the call around 8:40 p.m.

The body was reportedly discovered off of Robert C. Byrd drive in the Sprague area.

The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department responded to the scene. Details are limited, and the body has not yet been identified.

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