UPDATE: McDowell County Deputies release identity of the body found over the weekend

UPDATE: MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The McDowell County Sheriff’s Department has released the name of the body found in the Dry Fork River last weekend.

Deputies say the body found in the Dry Fork River on Saturday, April 18th, 2020, was Sandra Kay McReynolds, of Harwell.  McReynolds was approximately 69-years-old and was reported missing on Friday, April 17, 2020, at 4 pm.

Her body was found the following day at noon in Canebrake.

This is still an ongoing investigation. Stay with WOAY News for further updates.


UPDATE: MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The McDowell County Sheriff’s Department released new information a body found Saturday.

On Friday around 4 p.m., McDowell County deputies responded to a missing person complaint in Hartwell.

Deputies began their search and requested the assistance of a K-9 Unit from Buchanan County, Va. The search ended after nightfall and continued Saturday morning with assistance from West Virginia State Police, West Virginia DNR, Berwind and War Fire Departments.

Around noon on the 18th, a body was found in the Dry Fork River and transported to the West Virginia Medical Examiner’s office in Charleston.

The investigation is ongoing.


MCDOWELL COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Dispatchers confirmed that someone found a body earlier today.

Details are limited, but the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office is investigating.

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

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