Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

February 10, 2014

Mystery surrounds SUV found over steep embankment

By BILL ARCHER
Bluefield Daily Telegraph

ADA — An investigation has been launched relating to a vehicle that was found Sunday afternoon about 40-50 feet over a steep embankment on the Ada Road between John Nash Boulevard and the Ada community.

Deputy W.E. Rose of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department responded shortly after 2 p.m. to a report of a vehicle over the hill approximately three-quarters of a mile from the spillway of the Ada Dam.

“A family that has horses in that area reported that one of their children spotted the vehicle over the embankment,” Rose said. “The Bluefield Police Department had a report earlier this morning that a vehicle similar to this one had been reported stolen, so I contacted them.”

Patrolman J.D. Shrewsbury of the Bluefield Police Department said that the case was under investigation, and didn’t comment further.

Rose worked with Jim Browning of Browning’s Towing to bring the late model, red, Ford Escape up over the hill. Rose said that he observed what he thought was blood on the console of the vehicle. He also observed broken glass on the road, but did not speculate as to whether or not it was from the vehicle that was over the hill.

The one-lane road is mostly unimproved and does not have guardrails.

— Contact Bill Archer at

barcher@bdtonline.com