Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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December 18, 2013

Missing Bluefield man found in Anawalt in McDowell County

WELCH — West Virginia State Police troopers in Welch have confirmed that a man found alive Wednesday morning along Route 161 in the Anawalt area is a Bluefield man who was reported missing Tuesday.

The man was taken to Bluefield Regional Medical Center, said  Sgt. A.P. Christian of the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment. A co-worker of Anthony Scott Testerman, 51, of Bluefield found the man approximately 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

According to Sgt. D.W. Miller, detachment commander of the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment, Testerman apparently didn’t take his medicine, got disorientated and left his truck. Miller said the man — while hospitalized at BRMC — is OK.

Testerman was reported missing after he failed to return Monday evening from his job at the Eckman Preparation Plant.


An extensive search was conducted Tuesday for a Bluefield man who failed to return home after leaving his employer Monday night in McDowell County.

Anthony Scott Testerman, 51, of Bluefield is a foreman at the Eckman Preparation Plant, said Trooper B.D. Gillespie of the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment. Testerman was last seen 7 p.m. Monday when he left work. At 1:13 a.m. Tuesday, McDowell County 911 was notified that he was missing.

Testerman was driving a company vehicle, a red Dodge Quad Cab pickup truck, Gillespie said. His cell phone was called, and the signal led searchers to a mining haul road near Elkhorn Mountain where his unlocked truck was found. The cell phone was found in the truck, and the vehicle’s keys were in the ignition.

A search started at 4 a.m. Tuesday with the West Virginia State Police, McDowell County Sheriff’s Department, the state Department of Natural Resources, the Virginia State Police, and approximately 50 workers from ArcelorMittal, Testerman’s employer, participating, Gillespie said. K-9 unit dogs and a helicopter were utilized in the search.

“The search as far as the ground search is completed,” he said.

“We’re just asking the public for any leads.”

There were no signs of foul play as of Tuesday, Gillespie said. People with information should call the West Virginia State Police Welch Detachment at 304-436-2101.

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