Destroyed memorial honoring fallen miner to be replaced

PINEVILLE, W.Va. (WOAY) — An official says a memorial bench honoring a victim of the Upper Big Branch mine explosion in West Virginia will be replaced after it was accidentally dropped while being moved.

The black granite bench honoring Adam Morgan in Palisades Park in Pineville was destroyed.

The 21-year-old Pineville man was one of 29 miners who died in the 2010 explosion. Each of the 29 victims has a memorial at the park. None of the other memorials were damaged.

Pineville Mayor Linda Phillips says video surveillance cameras showed a special needs adult had lifted the bench with the intent of moving it. The bench was dropped and broke into pieces.

Phillips says the bench will be replaced.

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Original Story (5/25/18)

PINEVILLE, WV (WOAY) – Police in Pineville are looking for suspects that destroyed a UBB memorial bench.

Pineville Police believe they have a vehicle and two persons of interest right now.

The memorial was of Adam Morgan, 21, who died in the Upper Big Branch Mine Disaster in April 2010.

Chris Ellis, a resident of Pineville tells WOAY that he had the benches made at the park.  He and his friend William Laxton is offering a cash reward totaling, 1,000 dollars leading to the identity and arrest of the individual(s) that destroyed the memorial bench.

If you have any information on the incident you are asked to call Pineville Police Department at (304) 732-6255.

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