UPDATE: Clarksburg Police Department identifies body found along River Road

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UPDATE (4/10/20 4:24 p.m.):

Anthony Holyfield

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. — The Clarksburg Police Department has identified a body found late last month along River Road.

According to Chief Mark Kiddy, the body has been identified as Anthony Holyfield, 29, of Clarksburg.

Holyfield had been missing since December 2019.

Kiddy said foul play is not suspected at this time; however, the police department is still waiting on a full report from the medical examiner’s office.

UPDATE (4/2/2020 2:22 p.m.):

The Clarksburg Police Department has released more information on a body that was found on River Road on Tuesday.

According to Clarksburg Police Chief Mark Kiddy, an autopsy was performed on the body and no foul play is suspected in the death of the individual, a white male in his late 20s or early 30s.

The autopsy also revealed that the man had been dead for approximately a week when his body was found on Tuesday, and a preliminary report says that the cause of death was possibly from drowning, according to Kiddy.

There is still no identification on the male, as he had no form of identification on him at the time his body was found, however, he has multiple tattoos and DNA was also taken during the autopsy. Kiddy said that they will be trying to identify the man through those means.

Kiddy said that some unique tattoos found on the body included the numerals “703” on the right hand thumb; a triangle, dollar sign, an “x” and a square on the upper fingers of the right hand; letters spelling the word “GOAT” on the right fingers; on the left hand, a numeral and letters spelling “4REAL”, with the letters “i” and “z” on the opposite side.

ORIGINAL (3/31/2020 8:42 p.m.):

CLARKSBURG, W.Va. – A body was discovered by first responders on Tuesday evening on River Road.

According to officials, first responders were alerted to reports of a body a little before 7 p.m.

Chief Mark Kiddy of the Clarksburg Police Department explained that the body appears to be a white male and that initial reports came from someone walking along the river bank.

Chief Kiddy also explained that there has been no missing persons report filed for a white male that they know of.

Officials stated that the body will be sent to the state medical examiners office and that they believe the body could have been in the river for quite a few weeks, but will be unsure until further investigation is completed.

The investigation is still on going and there is no news at this time as to why this happened nor has the identity of the deceased been released.

Clarksburg Fire and Police Departments and Harrison County EMS all responded to the scene. Nutter Fort also brought their swift water raft to assist.

Stay with 12 News as we will continue to update this developing story as more information becomes available.

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