Just after 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 4, 2014 notification was received through the Fayette County 911 Center that a hunter had discovered a deceased individual in a remote wooded area at the top of the mountain above WV Route 61 in the Kincaid area. Deputies from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, officers from the West Virginia Natural Resources Police Department and EMS personnel from General Ambulance Service were initially dispatched to respond to the scene. This scene was located in a very remote wooded area accessible only by ATV. Personnel from the Oak Hill and Loup Creek Fire Departments responded to the scene to assist in transporting investigators up to the scene.
Upon arriving at the scene investigators found the deceased body of a white male. There was no obvious indication of foul play, but the cause of death was not readily apparent. The deceased individual was transported off of the mountain by fire department personnel. Investigators from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner responded to the scene and were able to positively identify this individual as Chance Thomas Plumley, the twenty-four year-old male from Cabell County who was reported missing in the Page area of Fayette County on November 11, 2014. His body has been transported to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for determination of the cause and manner of death.
On November 11, 2014 WV Natural Resources Police and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a missing person case in the Page area. It was reported at that time that Chance Thomas Plumley had ran up the hill into a wooded area above the Page Baptist Church and that his friends were unable to locate him. Bloodhounds from the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and tracked this individual for some distance, but both bloodhounds indicated that this individual had made his way back to WV Route 61 where the scent trail ended. Officers from the West Virginia Natural Resources Police Department searched the wooded area above the Page Baptist Church both on foot and using ATVs but were unable to locate this individual. Officer Dave Hylton of the WV Natural Resources Police Department spent several days in the Page-Kincaid area attempting to locate this individual, but no one reported having any contact with him. Given the extremely cold temperatures that developed in the area in the days after November 11, investigators were skeptical of Plumley’s chances of survival if he did not seek shelter. Twenty-three days have now elapsed since Plumley was last seen alive in the Page area.
“Our hearts go out to the Plumley family for their tragic loss,” said Sheriff Kessler. “Officer Dave Hylton and Sergeant Dennis Feazell of the WV Natural Resources Police Department spent numerous hours in the Page area in an attempt to locate this individual. We all wish that we had been able to locate him much sooner, while he was still alive, but given the extremely rough and rugged terrain in this area we’re fortunate that we were able to locate him at all.” This incident remains under investigation by Officer Dave Hylton of the West Virginia Natural Resources Police Department and the Detective Bureau of the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office. Anyone with any information concerning this investigation is asked to contact the Fayette County 911 Center at (304) 574-3590 or Crime Stoppers at (304) 255-7867.
12/04/14 8:30 p.m.
By Daniel Tyson
A hunter stumbled upon a dead body in a remote area of Raleigh County Thursday afternoon.
The morbid discovery happened around 2 p.m. on a mountaintop in the Kincaid area. The area is mountainous and has rough terrain, which made it necessary for ATV and UTVs to transport personnel and equipment to the scene, Fayette County Sheriff Steve Kessler said.
Sheriff's deputies, West Virginia Division of Natural Resources officers, local volunteer fire departments and officials from the state's Medical Examiners Office were at the scene early Thursday evening.
The sheriff's office is still investigating the death.
By Cody Neff
A dead body has been discovered on Johnson Branch Road in the area of Kincaid in Fayette County.
The Fayette County Sheriff’s Department and the West Virginia State Police are on scene, dispatchers said.
The body was discovered in the woods Thursday. More details will be given as they are shared.