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Man Found Dead In River Following Police Chase, Name Released

Reported: Feb. 15, 2014 12:31 AM EST
Updated: Feb. 15, 2014 5:55 PM EST
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BLOOMINGROSE, W.Va. (Heath Harrison, Mamie Buoy) - Police have released the name of a man found dead in a river after a police chase in Boone County on Friday.

Deputies said they arrived at a home in Bloomingrose around 6 p.m. to arrest James Alfred King III, 43. King was wanted on a federal parole violation, as well as failure to appear charges in Kanawha County for drug-related crimes.

When they got to the house, deputies said King pulled up in a vehicle with another man. When the two saw the deputies, they allegedly jumped out and started running. The two then split up and jumped into the Big Coal River.

Deputies said they arrested the other man, but by the time they found King he was dead.

The name of the man who was with King has not been released.




BLOOMINGROSE, W.Va. (Heath Harrison) – Boone County Sheriff’s deputies said one man was found dead in a river following a police chase on Friday.

Deputies arrived at a home at about 6 p.m. in Bloomingrose seeking a man wanted out of Virginia and Kanawha County, Boone County Chief Deputy Chad Barker said.

The man was wanted on failure to appear and other charges.

When they arrived at the residence where the suspect was said to have been staying, deputies said a vehicle pulled up. When two men in the vehicle saw deputies, they jumped out and started running, Barker said.

Barker said the two men, one matching the physical description of the suspect they were searching for, split up and made their way into the Big Coal River.

Barker said deputies quickly apprehended one of the men, but they were unable to locate the second, who matched the suspect.

Barker said deputies extended a search for the man for one hour or more, and, by the time they located the man in the river, he was deceased.

The sheriff’s office is not releasing the names of the men at this time, and they have not confirmed the deceased man is the suspect they were seeking.



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