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Hancock investigators continue search for killer

By STEPHANIE UJHELYI

Staff Writer

NEW CUMBERLAND, W.Va. — The unidentified man, recently deemed a murder victim, had the key for his rental car, a 2020 Range Rover, in his pocket when his killer dumped his body, according to a Hancock County investigator.

Chief Deputy Art Watson said Wednesday afternoon that detectives continue to follow leads with the goal of identifying the dead man and ultimately his killer(s).

Investigators had very little new information to offer three days after they discovered his body Sunday afternoon on Racetrack Road near Mountaineer.

A synopsis of details that may prove helpful:

— EARLY SUNDAY: Columbiana County Sheriff’s deputies responded shortly after midnight Sunday to McIntosh Road in Madison Township to investigate the report of a car fire. Upon arrival, they found a fire-damaged Range Rover, which was a rental owned by Enterprise with New York license plates.

— SUNDAY AFTERNOON: After 4:30 p.m., Hancock County deputies responded to a call to dispatch reporting discovery of a body about 70 yards off Racetrack Road. They issued a BOLO around four hours later to surrounding jurisdictions, calling the rental “a vehicle of interest.” A key to the vehicle was left in the dead man’s pocket, Watson confirmed Wednesday.

–TUESDAY MORNING: Detectives traveled to Charleston to observe the autopsy on the so-called John Doe, confirming the coroner agreed that the cause of death was a gunshot to the head.

No other information was released regarding the autopsy, and it should be months before toxicology results come back, Watson added.

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