Body Of W.Va. Motorist Found Near Accident Scene

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Verner, W.Va. (AP) -- Searchers have found the body of a Mingo County woman whose vehicle plunged into the Guyandotte River near Verner.

Authorities and family members identified the victim as 63-year-old Bertha Dean of Gilbert.

Dean's body was found early Friday morning on the riverbank near the accident scene.

A pickup truck driven by Dean went into the river along route 80 Thursday evening. A male passenger managed to get out of the vehicle.

Mingo County 911 director Jerod Fletcher says Dean apparently lost control of the vehicle after hitting a patch of ice.

(Copyright 2009 by the Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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