Sheriff’s office conducting criminal investigation on adults who went in coal mine

CLEAR CREEK, W.Va. (AP) – A prosecutor says a sheriff’s office is conducting a criminal investigation into four adults who went into an underground coal mine in West Virginia.

Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller says she began discussing potential charges with the Raleigh County sheriff’s office when the search began Sunday.

One adult emerged from Elk Run Coal’s Rock House Powellton mine near Clear Creek on Monday. Three others were rescued inside the mine Wednesday night. An abandoned ATV the four were believed to be riding was found near the entrance of the inactive mine.

The father of one of those rescued has said his daughter went into the mine in search of copper.

Lt. McCray says they have a number of interviews to conduct, but we can expect charges to be filed anytime in the next couple of days.

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