UPDATE: Body found in Raleigh County has been identified

UPDATE: RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Human remains found in Raleigh County have been identified as a missing person.

On July 12, 2020, the Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of human remains found in the Glen Morgan Area of Raleigh County.  After arriving at the scene, Deputies, along with Beaver Volunteer Fire Department and Jan-Care Ambulance, was able to recover the remains from Piney Creek.

Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office consulted with Beckley Police Department in regards to a missing person case they were working and were able to gather information from both Beckley Police and the family of the mission person to identify the deceased person positively.

That person was positively identified as Ronald “RJ” Mayo, who was reported missing on June 20, 2020, from the Beckley area.

The investigation is ongoing at this time, and additional information will be released as it becomes available.

MISSING: Man reported missing was last seen in Beckley


RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Dispatchers say a body was found in Piney Creek earlier this afternoon.

Details are limited, but dispatchers say the call came in around 4:10 p.m. The Raleigh County Sheriff’s Office, Jan Care, and the Beaver VFD responded to the scene.

This is a developing story. Stay with WOAY for further updates.

Kassie Simmons
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