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UPDATE: Body of missing Lenore, West Virginia man found

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Roger Urban has been missing since Saturday August 23rd. Roger Urban has been missing since Saturday August 23rd.


The body of a missing Lenore, West Virginia man has been found on the Kentucky side of the Tug River. Family members tell 13 News the approximate location where the body of Roger Urban was found was somewhere between Kermit and Naugatuck. Urban's body is being taken to Frankfort, Kentucky for an autopsy.



As the search for a missing Mingo County man continues on Monday August 25th, his family is doing everything they can to find him.  "We wont stop...we wont stop until we bring him home. If anything we want closure...Especially for his son" says Teresa Hatfield, sister of 43 year old missing man, Roger Urban.

Urban's family thinks he was swept into Laurel Creek on Saturday night while trying to stop flood debris from damaging his neighbors trailer.

Teresa Hatfield says her brother Roger had surgery about ten years ago to remove a tumor on his brain. The surgery affected his balance and equilibrium, and she thinks that may have been why he fell into the creek.  While the family says they feel like falling apart, they are thankful for the help they have received from the community.

Hundreds of volunteers have shown up since the search began including fire departments from across the state and friends of the family.  They are searching the creek and areas near by from sunrise to sunset.  "I think any family would feel the same way. They want their loved ones home with them...alive or dead they want to know where they are at" says Lenore Fire Chief Jeffrey Farris.

The rescue teams say they refuse to stop looking until they bring Roger Urban home to his family.  So far the only signs Urban have been his four wheeler and an old ball cap search teams found in the water.

The search is expected to continue around 7 A.M. on Tuesday morning.



The search for a Lenore man that Mingo County, West Virginia authorities say may have drowned continued one day after he disappeared.  

Sixty people from five different county fire rescue agencies searched for the man most of the day and into the evening on Sunday, August 24. 

Dive teams did not find the man but did  recover the ATV he was riding on when he disappeared. 

"He had a friend that got him a drink, he came back and couldn't find him so he starting searching and we saw one of his wheels sticking up from the creek," said Jeffrey Farris, the Lenore Fire Chief.

Mingo County, West Virginia officials say they believe the man was swept away on his ATV by flood waters some time between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. The high waters  in the area were a direct result of Friday afternoon's heavy rain and flooding that blanketed most of the Tri-State area.

Farris says the search which began as a search and rescue effort now is a recovery effort. He also added area fire officials won't stop until the victim's body is found.
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