Names Released Of The People Inside Abandoned Mine

CLEAR CREEK, WV (WOAY)  – The names of those missing in an abandoned mine have been released.

Sheriff Van Meter tells WOAY that Eddie Williams, 43, of Artie, was the one who was able to get out of the mine Monday night.  The three remaining people inside the mine include Kayla Williams, 25, of Artie, Erica Treadway, 31, of Pax, and Cody Beverly, 21 of Dorothy.

The search effort continues to locate missing persons at the Rock House Powellton mine in Clear Creek, Raleigh County.

The West Virginia Office of Miners’ Health, Safety and Training (MHS&T) confirmed late Monday night one of the four missing persons emerged on his own from the Rock House Powellton mine. The man informed officials the remaining three missing persons were alive and still in the mine and provided details regarding their location.

Two four-man rescue teams explored the mine again overnight, aided by eight team members who guided the effort from the surface. The teams exited the mine at near daybreak after search efforts were unsuccessful and oxygen reserves in their rescue apparatus were depleted.

Today, officials are working to remove standing water from an alternate entryway and pump fresh air into the mine, allowing rescue teams to expand their search area in the mine for the missing individuals.

“Our priority is rescuing these individuals and maintaining the safety of our mine rescue teams. I have ordered the coordination of all resources needed for rescuers to continue to search the mine. We’re doing everything we can to accelerate the rescue,” said Gov. Justice.

After being briefed on the rescue situation last night, Gov. Justice drove to Whitesville and spent many hours with the families at the Community Center and visited the mine rescue team at the mine portal before they went underground. “These families, friends, and the entire community are really hurting and need to be in our prayers. We also need to keep the mine rescue teams in our prayers as they attempt to pull off this rescue. We are blessed to have the experience and leadership of MHS&T Director Eugene White,” Governor Justice added.

The Office of Miners’ Health, Safety & Training, WV National Guard, WV State Police, Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Boone County Sheriff’s Office and mine officials have coordinated the search and rescue efforts since the four individuals were reported missing late Saturday near the mine in Clear Creek, WV.

Additional updates will be provided as they become available.

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