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Huntington Police Confirm Identity Of Body Discovered Under Bridge

Reported by: Send eMail Dave Benton
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Dec. 16, 2013 1:00 PM EST
Updated: Dec. 16, 2013 9:40 PM EST

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Huntington Body Found
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Huntington , Cabell County , West Virginia

Huntington police confirmed in a press conference Monday afternoon that the body found was that of missing man Randy P. Martin II.

Police said he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The body was discovered under the W. 17th Street Bridge.

Lt. John Williams said, "Sometimes we don't have answers to why people do these things, there were a few things going on in his life which is private with them. It leaves survivors left to surmise what's happened. But, all evidence point to self-induced."

Martin had been reported missing on Tuesday after leaving his Westmoreland home.




Huntington police believe a body that was discovered under a bridge is that of a man who was reported missing last week.

Police said the body is believed to be that of Randy P. Martin, II., who was reported missing on Tuesday after leaving his Westmoreland home. Police said the man was found dead of an apparent gunshot wound.

The body was discovered by a passing towboat about 11:30 a.m. on a lower girder of the 17th Street Bridge. Investigators are still processing the scene with the help of the Division of Highways to help retrieve the body. The body will be sent to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

Martin's vehicle, a Toyota Corolla, had been on Friday parked in the Shoney's lot near the bridge.




A body was discovered Monday under the West 17th Street Bridge in Huntington.

Eyewitness News was told that a barge operator noticed the body under the bridge.

Meanwhile, the W. 17th Street Bridge was closed Monday while police were conducting an investigation.
Authorities have been searching for two missing men in Huntington, but there was no confirmation whether the body could be one of the missing men.

Randy Paul Martin II, 31, went missing from his home in Westmoreland on Tuesday. Huntington police found his green Toyota Corolla in the parking lot of Shoney's on Huntington's West End, which is within about a quarter mile of the bridge where the body was found.

In a separate case, Darren Mathis, 37, has been missing since early Friday morning, when someone called to report his abandoned car on the 31st Street Bridge. He was last seen about 9 p.m. Thursday night.



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