The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department has identified the body found Saturday by the Clear Fork River near Sun Hill.

The body of Dennis Lane, 41, of Lynco, was found about 4:30 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Jimmy White.

Lane was last seen Sunday, Jan. 14.

A relative told officers that he and Lane were “doing meth” and wrecked the car in which they were riding, White said. They saw headlights and thought it was police, the relative told officers.

The two started running and Lane headed for the river. Lane was getting out of the river on the other side the last time the relative saw him.

The Sheriff's Department notified area fire departments as well as the U.S. Corps of Engineers because R.D. Bailey Lake is nearby and the Clear Fork River empties into the lake.

The area where Lane was last seen was searched by deputies and the fire departments, White said, along with surrounding areas.

A jogger spotted the body late Saturday afternoon.

It appeared that Lane had crossed the river, waited, then walked down the river to a shallow spot where it was easier to cross back over, White said. He apparently succumbed to the cold when he came out of the river onto the roadside, White said.

It had snowed, so the body was covered up, White explained.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston.

The investigation is continuing.

— Email: mcbrooks@register-herald.com

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department has identified the body found Saturday near the Clear Fork River, near Sun Hill.

The body of Dennis Lane, of Brenton, was found about 4:30 p.m., according to Chief Deputy Jimmy White.

Lane had been missing since Jan. 14, but the sheriff's office wasn't notified until Tuesday, Jan. 16, White said.

Officials believe the cause of death to be from exposure to frigid temperatures.

The body has been sent to the state medical examiner’s office in Charleston.

The investigation is continuing.

– Mary Catherine Brooks

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