Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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July 29, 2012

Missing person report leads to discovery of man trapped in vehicle

BRUSHFORK — Mercer County sheriff’s deputies were still attempting to learn more details about a missing person case that started early Saturday afternoon and led to the discovery of a man trapped in a vehicle off the Falls Mills Road in Mercer County.

Deputy J.D. Ellison of the Mercer County Sheriff’s Department was notified at 1 p.m., about a 25-year-old male subject from the Brushfork area who was missing.

“I found him just by chance,” Ellison said. “I was patrolling on Falls Mills Road when a couple of good Samaritans flagged me down and said they saw a car run off the road and over the hill.”

Once the vehicle — a red Chevrolet Cavalier — was located, Ellison contacted additional emergency responders who had to extricate the victim from the vehicle. The extrication was completed shortly after 2 p.m. A wrecker from Lambert’s Garage towed the vehicle to the lot on Cherry Street where Ellison continued his search of the vehicle in an attempt to learn more about the circumstances.

“There’s not much more I can say at this point,” Ellison said. “It remains under investigation.”

The victim was transported by the Bluefield Rescue Squad to Bluefield Regional Medical Center, but Ellison had not been to the hospital so he didn’t speculate as to his condition.

— Contact Bill Archer at barcher@bdtonline.com

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